Gateway Communications has increased its presence in West Africa, having signed two deals in Guinea, expanding its work with Intercel and agreeing a new contract with ETI SA.
Gateway is now working with two major mobile operators and an ISP in Guinea, a country with a mobile penetration of 21,43% and five mobile phones for every landline.
Gateway also has established carrier customers in Senegal, as well as Benin, Chad, Niger and Ivory Coast.
In 2009 Gateway Communications upgraded its agreement with Intercel Guinea to provide inbound and outbound voice and cellular backhaul services.
This was the logical choice for Intercel Guinea, says CEO Djibril Tobe. “We required a solution that would efficiently address our international voice requirements as well as deliver a swift return on investment. A key part of this was engaging a provider with a depth of technical expertise that could provide the support we’ve come to know and trust throughout our long-term relationship with Gateway.”
Intercel is Guinea’s major telecoms provider and Gateway supplies all of its international connectivity and critical backhaul services. Throughout this six-year partnership with Intercel Guinea, Gateway has built a national backbone of cellular links, connecting five major cities via cellular backhaul including Kankan, Labé, Mamou and Nzékoré.
During this time Gateway also partnered with ETI SA for use of their earth station equipment and providing satellite capacity. ETI SA, Guinea’s leading Internet service provider operates out of Conakry and currently focuses on business customers with a view to moving into the consumer market in the future. Gateway provides internet capacity from Conakry to Europe and delivered and implemented its pure SCPC connection via satellite in less than 10 days.