In brief

14 July 2017

Telecoms

Gambia’s Ministry of Information & Communication Infrastructure (MOICI) has announced that from 7 July 2017 the government has reverted direct control of the country’s sole international voice gateway to state-owned Gambia Telecommunications Company (Gamtel), having terminated the contract of intermediary company Multimedia Gateway International (MGI), which had been managing the gateway operations on Gamtel’s behalf. The move enables Gamtel to directly collect 100% of international call termination fees from other operators. The MOICI’s statement on 10 July 2017 said: ‘Following the preliminary report of the ICT Taskforce recently instituted by His Excellency The President, Cabinet has decided to terminate the contract between the Government of The Gambia and MGI, to exclusively manage the International Gateway … Gamtel did a successful takeover and now all international calls to and from the Gambia are through the Gamtel gateway.’ The full reason behind the decision was not disclosed, the FOROYAA newspaper writes.