TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANIES GAMBIA
Africell is a mobile telecommunications company serving The Gambia and Sierra Leone. It is a subsidiary of the Lebanese telecommunications company Lintel Holding.
Gambia Telecommucations Cellular Company Limited
The company (Gambia Telecommucations Cellular Company Limited) was established by incorporation on the 16th day of November 2000, as a limited liability company under the company’s Act of 1955. The memorandum of association underscores its main objects clause as the provision of GSM Cellular services, selling of mobile subscriber radio units and entry into roaming agreement with other cellular operators worldwide. Although registered as Gambia Telecommunications Cellular Company Limited, the company is in abbreviated from known as GAMCEL. GAMCEL is a wholly owned subsidiary of GAMTEL.The registered office of this company for the purpose of ‘notice’ is 3 Nelson Mandela Street, Banjul. Gamcel’s mission is to satisfy its customers by offering a GSM service of INTERNATIONAL STANDARD, PROFESSIONAL, and USER-FRIENDLY, and accessible to EVER WIDENING SEGMENTS of the Gambian population. Business commenced in earnest on 25th May 2001 when the GSM network was launched, replacing the outdated analogue network (TACS).The GSM system 900MHz), which is used, is operating in over 60% of the world. An offer for the implementation of this new network consisting of 20 Base stations and a switching capacity of 15,000 customers was prepared by ALCATEL, a reputable French firm in Telecommunications and accepted by Gamtel the parent company on behalf of the subsidiary company.
Gamtel is the primary provider of telecommunications services in the Gambia, The company is a state owned, limited liability company, with the Gambia government owning 99% of shares and Gambia National Insurance Company (GNIC) owning 1% of shares. The Company has steadily created a modern efficient network infrastructure, using state-of -the -art technology in order to respond to the increasing demand of a dynamic market. Gamtel has grown swiftly into one of Gambia's leading enterprises recording an annual turnover of D417.8 million for the year ending 2001 and expecting an estimated figure of D419million for the year ending 2002. During the eighteen years of operations Gamtel have achieved and hit countless number of targets. Among its latest ventures was the introduction of integrated service digital network (ISDN), virtual private network (VPN), Internet Service Provider (ISP), electronic banking (E-BANKING) and still on the pipeline is electronic education (E-LEARNING) and electronic commerce (E-COMMERCE). All this hard work and tireless efforts comes down to one thing and one thing alone: to provide a complete range of communications services, based on market demand, at the lowest possible cost to the customers and using the most modern and effective technology.