Guinea Telecom to manage nation’s telecoms network infrastructure

3 Aug 2015

Guinea-Bissau’s national PTO Companhia de Telecomunicacoes da Guine-Bissau (Guine Telecom) will manage the tiny African nation’s telecommunications infrastructure via a new plan that will see it transformed into a holding company, the secretary of state for transport and communications Joao Bernardo Vieira said last week. Responding to parliamentary questions in the National Assembly, Vieira said the government was committed to making the telco more profitable, and as such will organise the firm to make it better able to manage all telecommunications infrastructure in Guinea-Bissau, including fibre-optic networks and the future connection to a submarine cable; Guinea-Bissau is the only country in the sub-region not connected to a submarine telecommunications cable, although in September a project will be launched to change that, Vieira said. The matter is due to be brought before the cabinet for discussion, he noted, adding that the government is still looking for a foreign investor to buy the PTO’s mobile arm Guinetel – allowing it to better compete with the country’s two other incumbent cellcos. Both Guinea Telecom and Guinetel are technically ‘bankrupt’, having fallen into the red several years ago, with workers accusing its top brass of mismanagement and pointing a finger at the government for a lack of input in resolving the situation.

Guinea-Bissau, Companhia de Telecomunicacoes da Guine-Bissau, Guinetel, Ministre des Transport et Communication