Monty Mobile breaks off partnership with Comium Gambia

23 Jun 2022

Gambian news site Jamaanoo reported on 18 June that UK-headquartered VAS solutions provider Monty Mobile has ‘cancelled’ its partnership with Gambian mobile operator Comium, just nine months after investing in the cellco to clear debts and develop services. Jamaanoo’s report quoted an unnamed person with inside knowledge confirming that Monty Mobile had ‘walked out’ of the partnership as the two companies ‘could not agree on the way forward’. Subsequently, media outlets including Developing Telecoms and Telecompaper published reports citing a letter from Monty Mobile giving Comium 60 days’ notice from 15 June to terminate a ‘supplementary agreement’ signed on 31 January 2022 and 180 days after contract termination to refund all payments made by Monty Mobile under this agreement – an amount unspecified in the letter.

Comium had been hit with a licence suspension order in September 2021 for unpaid debts to the regulatory authorities totalling GMD69.1 million (USD1.3 million) but, following an initial agreement that month with Monty Mobile, it was revealed that its new UK-based partner was willing to clear the debt and furthermore assist the operator in catching up with local mobile rivals in terms of service development.