Senegalese company wins tender for 3rd mobile phone operator in Guinea Bissau

25 January 2007

Bissau, Guinea Bissau, 25 Jan – Senegalese company Sonatel won the tender for granting the third mobile phone operator license in Guinea Bissau, for which five groups presented a proposal, including US company Global Voice, the tender’s director said in Bissau.

Fernando Lacerda told Portuguese news agency Lusa that Sonatel had put forward the best proposal, bettering Global Voice, Teylium (from Mauritius), Lintel Africa (from the Cayman Islands) and 3 Tel (from Guinea Bissau).

Within five months Guinea Bissau will have a third mobile phone operator, Orange Bissau, the name Sonatel has given its network, which will compete with GuineTel, part-owned by Portugal Telecom, and South Africa’s MTN, known as Areeba.

The two operators, Guinetel and Areeba together have 70,000 subscribers, in a potential market of 300,000 mobile phone users, Lacerda said.

In its three-year investment plan, Orange Bissau plans to cover 90 percent of Guinea Bissau in five stages, with the first network operating in Bissau by May.

By 2010 Orange Bissau plans to have its services in the 37 sectors that make up Guinea Bissau as well as along the main road networks. (macauhub)