Fixed / Wireless Line Operator
The Gambia has only one fixed line operator GAMTEL the state-owned monopoly with a subscriber base of 41,612 as of December 2020. Historically, Gamtel has been the only fixed line operator, as a result owns the most geographically comprehensive fixed electronic communications network and infrastructure in The Gambia.
Broadband connectivity is one of the priorities of the Government of The Gambia. The government invested in a high bandwidth Submarine Cable Landing Station ACE (Africa Coast to Europe) to connect to global information superhighway. Gamtel, the incumbent fixed line operator has a relatively well-developed national fibre optic backbone network (ECOWAN) and a National Broadband Network (NBN). The two programs aimed to bring faster fibre optic access direct to subscribers. The MNO has jointly invested with the Government of the Gambia in the ACE project. They connect to the ACE which gives them greater internet bandwidth and ended the dependency on satellites.
- ACE high bandwidth Submarine Cable Landing Station
- Internet Exchange Point (IXP) to localize national traffic
- Developed a National fibre optic backbone Network
- Built a National Broadband Network for last mile access to customers.