Guinea Telecom to start managing country’s telecommunications infrastructure

30 July 2015

The government of Guinea-Bissau intends to transform fixed-line telecommunications company, Guinea Telecom, into a holding company for the country’s telecommunications infrastructure, said Monday in Bissau the Secretary of State for Transport and Communications.

João Bernardo Vieira, responding to questions from members of the National Assembly (parliament), said the government intended to make Guinea Telecom a more profitable company, as it will start managing all telecommunications infrastructure, including the fibre optic network and the future connection to a submarine cable.

The Secretary of State for Transport and Communications also told members of parliament that the matter would be brought to the Cabinet for discussion and decision.

Regarding Guinetel, the Guinea Telecom mobile phone operator, Vieira explained that the government was looking for a foreign investor to sell the company to, thereby enabling it to compete with the two other mobile operators in the country.

Guinea Telecom and Guinetel went technically bankrupt several years ago, with workers accusing it of mismanagement and lack of government interest in the situation.

Vieira also said that Guinea-Bissau is the only country in the subregion that is not yet connected to the submarine telecommunications cable and added that in September a project would be launched to change that. (macauhub/GW)