Comium ‘committed’ to pay dues to lift suspension

8 Oct 2021

Gambian mobile network operator Comium – which had its services suspended for a month on 5 October for non-payment of fees – has held a press conference in which it claimed it is ‘committed’ to paying its dues in full with the help of a new UK-based investor. The Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) has demanded that Comium pay GMD69.1 million (USD1.3 million) to settle overdue licensing, spectrum and international gateway fees, and local press (including The Point, The Voice and The Chronicle) reported that Comium has already pledged to pay GMD14 million and indicated it will hand over the remainder if PURA lifts the suspension.

At the press conference Comium highlighted that it is owed GMD21 million by state-owned operator Gamtel, while declaring that it has signed an agreement with a new international investor with the objective of resolving all current financial and network issues, and with the ambition of launching 4G and 5G services at a later stage.