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 Monday, July 19, 2010

Nigerian operator Globacom has won a licence to operate in Gambia barely four months after it was awarded one in Senegal. Globacom said in a statement that its latest licence approval was presented to the company in Banjul on 12 July by the country's secretary general, Njogou Bah. Globacom also disclosed that the Gambian licence is the sixth the company so far has won in Africa. It now has operating licences in Nigeria, Ghana, Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal and Gambia. The company started operations in Nigeria in August 2003 and in Benin in June 2008. It has also concluded plans to roll out services in Ghana. Globacom's executive director for human resources, Adewale Sangowawa, said the licence would enable the operator to stimulate world class services in the country. The licence will also allow Globacom to land its Glo 1 trans-Atlantic submarine cable in Gambia, with opportunities to extend the infrastructure to neighbouring countries. It gives the company the right to carry traffic for major operators, the government and wholesale customers in Gambia. Globacom emphasised that with this development, the people of Gambia have now been positioned to be part of the telecommunications revolution which Globacom is bringing to Africa. Sangowawa stressed the new licence adds impetus to the group's desire to provide the West African sub-region with an excellent communication network and cost-effective voice, data, video and e-commerce services.

Source: TelecomPaper