Internet access market is free in Guinea-Bissau

15 May 2015

The market for supply of internet access service is free in Guinea-Bissau, State Secretary for Transport and Communications João Bernardo Vieira said on Thursday in Bissau.

Bernardo Viera made his remarks on the sidelines of an event presenting the Net Sem Fios (wireless net) company, a consortium set up in Guinea-Bissau by the Portuguese companies Elmafe and Wifi Antena. He specified that a GSM licence is not required to obtain a general authorisation to provide internet service.

“Anyone who wants to enter this market just needs to request authorisation from the national regulatory authority, whereby all those who have conditions to enter the country’s internet market can do so,” Vieira said.

Besides the service of supplying internet access, Net Sem Fios plans to market computer products, both equipment and programmes, webpage development, management programmes and video surveillance systems.

In the first phase internet access services will only be available in the capital Bissau, before gradually being extended to the country’s interior, said the managing director of Net Sem Fios, Fernando Gomes.

Meanwhile, the operator Orange began this week the first commercial offering of high speed mobile internet (3G+) in Guinea-Bissau, said its marketing director Maurício Mané.

Even though the county does not have a fibre optic connection to underwater cables of the global internet infrastructure, “Orange has invested in the fibre link to Dakar [capital of neighbouring Senegal] and has more than enough capacity” to supply Guinea-Bissau, Mané said. (Macauhub/GW)