Gambia National Broadband Network launched

Thursday, June 27, 2019

The Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure (MOICI), the management and board of directors of Gamtel in collaboration with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in The Gambia and HUAWEI recently launched The Gambia National Broadband Network.

The launch, which attracted stakeholders from the country’s ITC industry, was held at Coral Beach Hotel. The ceremony also witnessed The Gambia signing the national ICT strategic cooperation agreement with Huawei. 

Speaking at the launch , Seedy Jaiteh,  managing director, who doubles as the chief executive officer of  Gamtel, recalled that The Gambia National Broadband project was the first concessional loan project between The Gambia and China in 2017.

The project, he said, was successfully delivered by Gamtel and Huawei after 18 months of hard work.

‘The Gamtel will launch the G-FIBER series product based on the project in a bid to provide gigabit fiber service for home FTTH and enterprises FTTB’.

For his part, Milo Liang, president of Huawei Northwest African Region on behalf of Huawei regional president for Western Africa, expressed delight to be associated with the event.

The project, he added, is not only to connect government departments, schools, households and other industries, but also to create more employment opportunities for The Gambia.

‘It will further promote the development of the tourism industry, thus The Gambia’s signing of the national ICT strategic cooperation agreement with Huawei and launch of a national broadband service providing impetus to further development in terms of Gross Domestic Products’.

For his part, Ma Jainchun, Chinese ambassador to The Gambia, said he is impressed with the efforts of the government and people of The Gambia to promote social development.

Ambassador Ma saluted the project, something he said, is a new milestone that China and The Gambia are working together towards a new digital era.

‘ICT technology can accelerate social digitalisation and is an important infrastructure including water and electricity. The project will surely open a new window for the community and people of The Gambia to observe the world and provide opportunities for the greater development in the future.

This, he said, makes it important for The Gambia to sign the National ICT strategic cooperation agreement with Huawei and the national launch of the broadband service, which is part of China –Africa cooperation projects.

Ambassador Ma expressed thanks to the project implementation teams from Gamtel and Huawei, further expressing optimism that after the project goes live, it can increase the annual revenue of Gamtel by US$13 million. 

Launching the project on behalf of the Gambian leader, Dr. Isatou Touray, vice president of The Gambia expressed deep gratitude to the Chinese government.

She disclosed that during President Barrow’s state visit to China, the two leaders signed series of cooperation agreements and that the national broadband network is one of those cooperation projects.

Dr. Touray further reiterated government’s commitment to further cementing the bilateral ties between the two countries.

The National Broadband project, she added, is very important for the people of The Gambia as it will not only extend optical fibre connectivity to the country’s 400km, but will also play an important role in the national development plan.