Center to improve internet/communication services inaugurated

By Sailu Bah
As part of the activities marking the Gambia’s fifty years of
nationhood, Gamtel/Gamcel, in close collaboration with MGI telecominternational, inaugurated the International Network Management Center
(IINMC) building at Brusubi.
The event, which was presided over by the Vice President on behalf of
the President, was held on Thursday, 19 February, 2015.
Speaking on the occasion, Baboucarr Sanyang, the Managing Director of
Gamtel, said MGI Telecom Company from Switzerland was assigned by
the government of the Gambia through a management contract with
Gamtel/Gamcel to work closely in enhancing the broad band internet and
communication services in the country.
The Gamtel MD said the objective is to provide improved quality
services and information security in telecommunication for both people
inside and outside of the Gambia. He said the center will serve as a
hub for the ACE cable to Europe because of its proximity and that it
will also help in monitoring other service providers, adding that it
is a 24 hour service with a high speed broad band internet services.
Mr. Sanyang said Gamtel/Gamcel has started working closely with MGI
telecom in June 2014 when the Gateway contract was signed.
He said Gamtel as the gateway to all telecommunications in the country
has worked very hard in putting sound policies and gathering revenue
as well and delivering services to its esteem customers.
On the challenges facing Gamtel, the MD noted the stealing of cables,
the bypassing of the gateway, the recovery of debts and outstanding
bills owed by institutions and companies as the biggest which are
making the company to lose a lot of resources.
Mr. Sanyang urged the government to intervene in safeguarding the West
African Wide Area Network (ECOWAN) in which the Gambia is part of.
For his part, Eliya Remond, speaking on behalf of MGI Telecom, said
they have multiple benefits on quality telecomm service delivery,
income or revenue generation, building and transforming knowledge and
expertise for the upcoming generation.
He described communication as a vital domain in human life.
He concluded by thanking the government of the Gambia for their support.
Sherrif Bojang, the minister of Information and Communication
Infrastructure, said IINMC has come to significantly enhance and
rejuvenate the communication landscape.
Minister Bojang said there are four GSM operators and 7 internet
service providers in the Gambia that have provided employment for many
Gambians.
The Information and Communication Infrastructure minister revealed
that there are 2.2 million mobile based subscribers with 38500 in the
3G network and 48000 with fix lines.
In the president’s inaugural statement, read on his behalf by Vice
President Ajaratou Isatou Njie Saidy, he described the event as a
landmark ceremony.
The president said there cannot be any modern development without
giving Information Communication Technology (ICT) its due, adding that
ICT is amongst the fastest growing sectors in the Gambia.
He commended Gamtel/Gamcel and their partners MGI for this initiative
in telecommunication.
The president said no nation is an Island and that this is why the
Gambia has joined other nations in the ACE project to inter connect as
it is the duty of the government to provide an enabling environment in
enhancing ICT.
He said the partnership with MGI telecommunication will help in
providing enough security data and ICT in general to avoid fraudulent
acts as well as the establishment of E Government, E business and a
lot of E’s in the ICT which will help in proper service delivery and
enhance development in the country.