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Gateway Communications: Gateway Bolsters West Africa's Mobile Networks
[April 21, 2010]

Gateway Communications: Gateway Bolsters West Africa's Mobile Networks

London, Apr 21, 2010 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- Gateway Communications has further increased its presence in West Africa having signed two deals in Guinea, expanding its work with Intercel and agreeing an exciting 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% (ICT Indicators Database 2007) and five mobile phones for every landline. Guinea's telecommunications industry is flourishing and this is an exciting time for Gateway to continue to expand its presence in Francophone Africa. 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 as explained by Djibril Tobe, CEO "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, Labe, Mamou and Nzekore.

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 (using WiMAX and ADSL) 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 ten days.

Gateway continues to do business throughout West Africa, helping customers achieve their commercial goals. A reliable telecommunication network is essential to enable West Africa's progressive and successful businesses to continue to thrive. In neighbouring Senegal, Gateway is working with Sonatel to provide international voice services for its ever-growing subscriber base.

As part of the France Telecom group Sonatel holds about a two thirds market share. Senegal is seeing a rapid increase in voice traffic with mobile penetration rates now at 51.63%. Gateway has played an essential role in creating an enabling environment for voice traffic growth by working closely with customers in Africa and Europe to maintain high quality routes for Sonatel and its roaming customer base.

"The demand for capacity is growing fast in Africa, and countries such as Senegal and Guinea have burgeoning telecommunication markets that are becoming increasingly vibrant. With unsurpassed access to satellite, sub sea cable systems and a pan-African terrestrial network, Gateway continues to provide the widest choices for voice and data for international and local traffic in Africa," said Mike van den Bergh, CEO of Gateway Communications.

NOTE TO EDITORS: About Gateway Communications Gateway Communications is the leading pan-African wholesale connectivity and telecommunications provider, working in partnership with Africa's mobile operators, and helping many of the world's largest corporations stay connected across Africa and into the rest of the world.

Gateway's core infrastructure connects over 580 million people, across more than 40 African countries and includes over 50 satellite transponders over Africa, 24 dedicated teleports throughout Africa, and access to multiple sub-sea cable landing ports around the African continent.

Gateway Communications is recognised for setting the standards for tomorrow's communications. Gateway Communications is wholly owned by Vodacom Group Limited, which is listed on the JSE Limited under the symbol VOD.

Gateway has recently been awarded Best pan-African Wholesale Offering,Capacity Awards November 2009 Wireless Network Infrastructure Innovation, Global Telecoms Business Innovation Awards June2009 GSM Backhaul Operator of the Year , SatCom Stars Awards April 2010 First Class Customer Service SatCom Stars Awards April 2010 CONTACT: Tom Tudor, Gateway Communications e-mail: [email protected] Tel: +44 (0)20 7173 1700 Ali Merifield, africapractice e-mail: [email protected] Tel: +27 11 782 668 Jo Crawshaw, Consultant, africapractice e-mail: [email protected] Tel: +44 (0)207 209 7507 Tel: +44 (0)7875 400 616 WWW: ((M2 Communications disclaims all liability for information provided within M2 PressWIRE. Data supplied by named party/parties. Further information on M2 PressWIRE can be obtained at on the world wide web. Inquiries to [email protected].

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