Spectrum aims to shed light on progress

10 Sep 2008

Spectrum, the management company behind Gambian wireline and mobile operators Gamtel and Gamcel, aims to quash rumours in the local press of alleged financial and operational problems in a report to be published in the first quarter of next year, the Lebanese-based firm told TeleGeography. A senior official said that the report will include financial and subscriber growth statistics, and will list the achievements of both companies since the Gambian government sold a 50% stake in them to Spectrum in August 2007. In an e-mail, the representative gave some details of progress made to date, including: the commencement of fixed line and mobile network development projects in Q4 2007; the expansion of Gamcel’s mobile coverage to additional rural areas (aiming for ‘100% coverage shortly’); a 25% increase in international incoming call traffic and a 50% increase in international outgoing traffic over twelve months; and an improvement in the quality of international calls. Gamtel is the exclusive international gateway operator in Gambia, and Spectrum claims to have ‘stopped all illegal routes’ since it took on its management role.

Gamcel will soon face increased mobile competition. An official of the Department of State for Communication, Information and Technology (DOSCIT) confirmed to TeleGeography that DOSCIT has awarded the country’s fourth GSM operating licence to QCell, a start-up company owned by Muhammed Jah, CEO of private ISP QuantumNet.