Guinea Bissau licenses third mobile phone operator

1 June 2007

Bissau, Guinea Bissau, 1 June – The government of Guinea Bissau has granted a mobile telephony license to Senegalese state company Sonatel/Orange, which is already operating in the country as the third operator in the sector, the company said in Bissau Thursday.

According to a statement from the director general of Orange in Bissau, Macoudou N’Diaye, the company will operate in the mobile telephony market and also provide fixed line local and international services, via radio, as well as Internet telephone services.

The statement said that the third operator had lower tariffs than the other competing operators, GuineTel, majority-owned by Portugal Telecom, and South Africa’s MTN, known as Areeba in the Guinean market.

The group’s aim, according to N’Diaye is to “quickly become market leader” in Guinea Bissau, where the company won an international public tender in December 2006 to become the third mobile phone operator in the country. (macauhub)