Gateway expands presence in Guinea and Senegal

Pan-African wholesale connectivity and telecommunications provider Gateway Communications has increased its presence in West Africa by signing new deals in Guinea and Senegal.

Gateway agreed to support two mobile operators and an Internet Service Providers (ISP) in Guinea, a country with a mobile penetration rate of only 21,43%, according to ICT Indicators Database 2007. The telco provider will assist Intercel Guinea and ETI SA on inbound and outbound voice and cellular backhaul services.

According to Intercel CEO, Djibril Tobe, the country required a solution that would efficiently address international voice requirements and deliver a swift return on investment.

Intercel is Guinea’s major telecoms provider and has developed a long-term partnership with Gateway.
Gateway will also supply equipment and satellite capacity to ETI SA, the main ISP in Guinea, supplying WiMAX and ADSL and focusing currently on business customers.

In Senegal, Gateway has partnered with Sonatel, part of France Telecom group, to provide international voice services to its subscriber base.

“The demand for capacity is growing fast in Africa, and countries such as Senegal and Guinea have burgeoning telecommunication markets that are becoming increasingly vibrant. With access to satellite, sub sea cable systems and a pan-African terrestrial network, Gateway continues to provide voice and data for international and local traffic in Africa”, said Mike van den Bergh, CEO of Gateway Communications.

Gateway Communications is a pan-African wholesale connectivity and telecommunications provider, wholly owned by Vodacom Group Limited, working in partnership with Africa’s mobile operators to enhance connectivity in Africa.

Gateway’s core infrastructure connects over 580 million people, across more than 40 African countries and includes over 50 satellite transponders over Africa, 24 dedicated teleports throughout Africa, and access to multiple sub-sea cable landing ports around the African continent.

In West Africa, Gateway has establish a presence in Senegal, Benin, Chad, Niger and Ivory Coast.