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A Boost for Telecom Industry

Jul 1, 2010, 3:11 PM

The recent signing of the construction and maintenance agreement of the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) with the Gambia Telecommunication Company (Gamtel) is a welcome development.

The gesture will no doubt boost the telecommunication infrastructure in the country.

This development would transform, modernise and expand the telecom industry.

We learnt that the ACE project, which is expected to be completed in July 2012, will provide the country with direct access to submarine cable, through a landing point.

Considering the crucial role play by ICT in this modern age and time, it's wise to have great projects of this nature. The Gambia is part of the global village, and as a result we cannot afford to be left behind in this area of telecommunication age.

The ACE project will further increase the country's "international bandwidth and improve broadband connectivity."

This would be the first international submarine cable to land in The Gambia and some other countries. We do hope that it would make a serious positive impact in the country.

The ACE project seeks to deploy highly advanced technology, which is currently said to be the most advanced submarine cable.

Our commendation goes to Gamtel for the new development. Nonetheless, as a leader in the industry, we expect you to be innovative in all your undertakings.  

To achieve the Vision 2020 and Silicon Valley dreams, such projects are indeed necessary in the socio-economic development of a nation.

The people of The Gambia enthusiastically await the commencement of the much publicised project.

We hope that the ACE project would not at any material time become another white elephant project.