According PURA, these levies form a fundamental part of their licensing conditions as GSM operator in The Gambia.
The news release form the PURA reads:
“The Gambia Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) in accordance with the PURA Act 2001, the Information and Communications Act 2009 and the relevant applicable Regulations is informing the General Public that Comium Gambia Limited have been served with a notice of suspension and given up to1st October 2021 to show cause why PURA should not suspend their operating licences.
This suspension is due to their failure to pay licences and spectrum fees for the period of 2020 and 2021 and international gateway levies. These form a fundamental part of their licencing conditions.
In light of the suspension notice served to Comium, PURA does not want to expose Comium’s subscribers to significant losses in the event Comium does not adhere to the terms of the suspension notice. Therefore, all Comium subscribers are advised to secure an alternative service provider pending the final determination of this matter.
The public is further informed that Comium has been directed by the Authority to inform all its subscribers of the suspension notice served to them and Comium’s right to make a written or oral representation to the Authority on or before 1st October 2021.
The Authority remains resolved to take into consideration any representation made to it by Comium during the notice period and the extent to which the public is likely to suffer losses, damages, or inconveniences if Comium’s licences are suspended.
The Authority continues to remain at the service of the public. Any person that needs further information can contact or call 148.”