Gateway awarded Kenya licences

6 Nov 2009

Vodacom-owned infrastructure company Gateway Communications has been awarded three new licences, including a Network Facilities Provider (NFP) Tier 2 licence by the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK). The new concessions further Gateway’s drive to build a pan-African connectivity network that covers every major African city, based on satellite, submarine cable and fibre infrastructure. In addition to the NFP, Gateway has secured Application Services Provider (ASP) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) licences. The awards mean that the firm can build infrastructure in Kenya and deliver services to end users; to undertake the ‘construction, installation and operation of electronic communications systems in Kenya.’ Silvio do Carmo, managing director for Gateway East Africa, said: ‘Kenya has always been considered the hub of East Africa, which means a lot of multinationals are headquartered in Nairobi, but require reliable communications up and down the East Coast. Gateway can now provide direct connectivity for businesses from Kenya to South Africa, Mozambique and Tanzania, as well as Europe and the US, with our MPLS network.’