Association calls for gateway review

3 Jul 2008

IDG reports that the Sierra Leone GSM Operators Association – newly formed only last week – has called for a review of the country’s international gateway. Sierratel’s exclusive control over operating the gateway is due to expire on 3 August. ‘The association expects that the review process will be open and transparent. The association will be addressing the issue of monopolising the international gateway with the aim of having the rights of GSM operators in terms of using their own individual international gateways restored,’ said Chairman Robert Khoury. A study conducted by international body the GSM Association in February 2007 showed that the introduction of competition into the international gateways market can reduce call prices by up to 90% and double call volumes. It used Kenya, Nigeria and Egypt as case studies.