Comium's operations suspended for a month

7 Oct 2021

Gambia’s Minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure, Ebrima Sillah, ordered a one-month suspension of Comium’s mobile network operations with effect from 5 October 2021, local newspaper The Standard reports. The action was in line with the notice of suspension issued by the Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) on 16 September which demanded Comium pay GMD69.1 million (USD1.3 million) to settle overdue licensing, spectrum and international gateway fees or provide legitimate reasons for not doing so by 1 October.

According to the Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure, the suspension of Comium’s GSM mobile services runs to 4 November 2021, banning it from providing voice, internet or other services to its subscribers in this period, following advice from PURA which said that Comium had failed to meet its payment deadline.

The Standard furthermore reported that Comium has complied with the suspension order and sent more than 100 staff home on temporary leave, whilst the management are ‘working towards addressing the matter.’ The company – the third largest of four Gambian cellcos – is said to have about 120 permanent employees.