State official welcomes internet licence applications in Guinea-Bissau

18 May 2015

Joao Bernardo Vieira, Guinea-Bissau’s state secretary for transport and communications, has said the African country is open for business where it concerns internet access services, and has welcomed interested parties to set up business there. ‘Anyone who wants to enter this market just needs to request authorisation from the national regulatory authority, whereby all those who have conditions to enter the country’s internet market can do so,’ Vieira said at the side-lines of an event to announce the arrival of a new wireless broadband provider in Guinea-Bissau – Net Sem Fios, a consortium set up by Portuguese companies Elmafe and Wifi Antena. The secretary added that would-be market entrants do not need a GSM (mobile) authorisation to provide internet services, reiterating that authorisations are ‘free’.

Net Sem Fios is initially looking to deploy the first phase of its wireless internet service in the capital Bissau, before gradually extending coverage to the country’s interior. The firm’s managing director Fernando Gomes noted that alongside its fledgling internet operation, the start-up will also sell a range of computer hardware and software products, as well as offering website development, management programmes and video surveillance systems.

Guinea-Bissau, Net Sem Fios (NSF)