Gambia’s QCell to reach nationwide coverage this year, says CEO

16 Mar 2016

Domestically-owned Gambian 3G mobile operator QCell’s CEO Muhammed Jah has confirmed that his company’s network now covers around 86% of the country, up from roughly 50% when it entered the market in late-2009. The Gambian entrepreneur added the claim that QCell will achieve nationwide coverage this year, declaring: ‘We have the objective that before the end of 2016, QCell will be available in every corner of the country.’ As reported by local newspaper The Point, Mr Jah indicated that the current level of coverage claimed by QCell is backed up by a mobile market audit from Gambian regulator PURA. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, QCell holds second place in the Gambian mobile subscriber market with nearly 17% of users at end-2015, narrowly ahead of Comium, and behind Africell (with around 57% of users).

Muhammed Jah made the announcement on mobile network coverage targets at the inauguration of a regional health facility, one of several across the country which the QCell group is supporting by installing free solar panels and standby electricity generators to assist communication access. Equipping public facilities such as health centres forms an important part of the company’s national expansion strategy, the CEO added.

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