Guine Telecom and Guinetel rise from the ashes

27 Sep 2021

Guinea-Bissau’s sole fixed line telecoms operator Companhia de Telecomunicacoes da Guine-Bissau (Guine Telecom, including mobile unit Guinetel), which was declared bankrupt by the government and effectively ceased operating in 2013 is set to resume activities in the country. Agence Ecofin reports that on 14 September, seven years after Guine Telecom was declared officially bankrupt in 2014, Guinetel was awarded a mobile operating licence by the National Regulatory Authority for ICT (ARN), while a week later Guine Telecom received a new licence from the Communication Minister Augusto Gomes, to operate as a network, fixed line telecom service provider and infrastructure operator throughout Guinea-Bissau. Gomes explained that the resurrection of the national PTO reflects ‘the state’s desire for sovereignty in telecommunications, particularly concerning the security of communications and national data’. The minister stated that in the coming weeks the government will launch an international tender to select a partner to help make the companies more profitable.

Guinea-Bissau, Companhia de Telecomunicacoes da Guine-Bissau, Guinetel, National Regulatory Authority of ICT (ARN)