Comium wins mobile licence in Gambia

7 Aug 2006

West African mobile operator Comium Mobile has been awarded a GSM licence in Gambia, and expects to launch commercial services in the first quarter of 2007. Gambia is currently home to two cellcos, state-owned Gamcel and rival GSM operator Africell. Gamcel accounted for 55% of the country’s estimated 236,000 mobile subscribers at the end of March 2006. Comium Mobile is owned by Lebanese holding company Comium Group, and has GSM licences in Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Comium launched its GSM network in Sierra Leone in March 2005, the fourth cellco to the market, whilst Comium Liberia launched GSM services in October 2004 as the second of four operators in the country.