The introduction of a New Numbering Plan was necessitated by the liberalization of the telecommunications sector in The Gambia, which resulted in an unprecedented growth of telecommunications services in the country. The growth created a huge demand on the communications numbering resources.
The expectation of more entrants in the market also created a compelling need to revise the previous numbering plan. Entry of other operators in the market is expected to lead to the realization of the Government's objective of ensuring that rural and other less economically lucrative areas are adequately served. Incumbent operators, future entrants and end users require equal and non-discriminatory access to telephone numbers.
One of the roles assigned to the PURA under the Information and Communication Act, is to prepare and maintain a National Numbering Plan and allocate numbers to operators in accordance with that Plan. The objective of this plan is to ensure that numbers are allocated and utilized judiciously.
The licenses issued to the operators require them to maintain their own individual numbering plans and provide an annual numbering report to PURA in compliance with the National Plan.
This Plan provides a clear and unambiguous National Numbering Plan (the “Plan”) for the national telecommunications infrastructure, so that competing operators can configure their networks with confidence.
The National Numbering Plan is applicable to all appropriately licensed telecommunications operators wishing to make use of the national resource of numbers. Therefore, the Plan and its processes and structures are mandatory on all such operators.