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Gambia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Gambia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Gambia's telecom market is dominated by the incumbent telco Gamtel, which retains a monopoly on fixed-line telephony services. There are four mobile networks providing effective competition. The market's leader is Africell, with about 65% market share, while Comium and QCell compete closely for second and third place. Gamtel's mobile unit Gamcel is by far the smallest operator, with about 10% share. Mobile penetration is well above the African average, itself a testament to the poor condition of the fixed-line infrastructure and the lack of availability of fixed services in many rural areas of the country.

Although the incumbent has a relatively well-developed national fibre backbone network, low fixed-line penetration has hindered internet usage. There are only three licensed ISPs, which are small operators serving local areas, and so competition is minimal. The government has embarked on a National Broadband Network program aimed at closing the digital divide affecting many parts of the country, though in mid-2018 the terms of a loan required to continue work on the network were rejected by Parliament.

Key developments:

Government agrees to splitting off Gamcel from Gamtel;
Africell launches LTE services, competing with QCell;
Government announces liberalisation of the international gateway;
QCell launched its Qodoo Mobile Money service, follows with LTE;
Gamtel reports further declines in revenue;
Legislation prepared to create a new National ICT Agency;
Government launches National Broadband Network project;
International Network Management Center (IINMC) opens, facilitating traffic on ACE cable;
Africell contracts Alepo for Data Solutions;
Gamtel contracts Huawei for fibre backbone project;
Report update includes Gamtel financial data, ITU data for 2017, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Gambia Telecommunications (Gamtel), Gamcel, Africell, Comium, QCell, Globacom, Thuraya, GamNet, QuantumNet, Netpage, Airtip.


  • Executive Summary
  • Key statistics
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – Gambia – 2018 (e)
  • Country overview
  • Telecommunications market
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
  • Regional Africa Market Comparison
    • TMI VS GDP
    • MOBILE AND MOBILE BROADBAND
    • FIXED AND MOBILE BROADBAND
  • Regulatory environment
    • NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION POLICY (NACIP)
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • 2009 ICT ACT
    • INTERCONNECTION
    • UNIVERSAL ACCESS FUND (UAF)
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
    • PRIVATISATION
  • Fixed network operator
    • GAMBIA TELECOMMUNICATIONS (GAMTEL)
      • Table Gamtel financial data – 2012 – 2014
  • Telecommunications infrastructure
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Gambia – 1999 – 2009
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Gambia – 2010 – 2018
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Table International internet bandwidth – 2002 – 2016
      • Submarine fibre
      • Satellite
  • Fixed-line broadband market
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Gambia – 1999 – 2009
      • Table Internet users and penetration rate in Gambia – 2010 – 2018
      • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2004 – 2018
    • INTERNET EXCHANGE POINT (IXP)
    • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND TECHNOLOGIES
      • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
      • Other fixed broadband services
  • Digital economy
    • E-GOVERNMENT
  • Mobile market
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Gambia – 1999 – 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Gambia – 2010 – 2018
    • MOBILE DATA
      • SMS and MMS
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration in Gambia – 2009 – 2018
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • SIM card registration
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • 4G (LTE)
      • 3G
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Gamcel
        • Table Gamcel mobile subscribers – 2012 – 2018
      • Africell
        • Table Africell mobile subscribers – 2013 – 2018
      • Comium
        • Table Comium mobile subscribers – 2012 – 2018
      • QCell
        • Table QCell mobile subscribers – 2012 – 2018
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • M-banking
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