Gateway bags 10.5GHz spectrum licence

21 Dec 2009

Telecoms network operator Gateway Communications has announced the acquisition of a 10.5GHz spectrum licence for ten states in Nigeria: Kano, Kaduna, Rivers, Delta, Abuja, Edo, Oyo, Anambra, Abia and Enugu. The acquisition follows the company’s deployment of Airlink and MetroLink 10.5GHz spectrum solutions targeted at SMEs in Lagos and furthers its drive to build a pan-African connectivity network that covers every major African city based on satellite, submarine cable and fibre infrastructure. Gateway will roll out services across the ten states in 2010, with Port Harcourt and Abuja scheduled to go live in February 2010. The company has committed to deploy the solutions to a further 14 states in 2011. ‘We are delighted that we are rolling out the highly successful Airlink and Metrolink products across ten new states in 2010. This is a pure broadband 10Mbps solution with an MPLS backbone and with the flexibility to customise the solutions we provide to individual client needs,’ commented John Dindlebeck, MD at Gateway West Africa, adding: ‘This expansion demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing world class connectivity solutions in Nigeria and is a major investment. We have already seen significant interest in the service in rollout states from our existing clients in Lagos.’