As a signal of the growing importance of cellularnetworks within Africa, Gateway Communications, a provider of wholesale international voice and data services throughout Africa and the Middle East, and MTN, the largest telecommunications operator in Uganda have signed an Interconnect agreement. The agreement allows for Gateway to terminate international telephone calls into Uganda and provides MTN with low cost international calling services. Gateway Communications is the largest wholesale carrier focused exclusively on providing international services in Africa and the Middle East.

The new service will allow MTN to increase traffic volumes and settlement revenue by working with Gateway to promote the MTN codes through the international telephony markets. Gateway’s existing customers include traditional Tier-1 carriers and non-traditional sources of traffic such as the international calling-card market. The service will also allow MTN to increase subscriber revenue through the provision of cost efficient, high quality international telephony to key international destinations, such as European mobile networks, through Gateway’s targeted Route Management Services.

MTN and Gateway Communications will route traffic over a high capacity private network to ensure that Gateway’s customers and MTN’s subscribers are provided with a high quality of service. As a result Gateway is able to deliver the cost-savings of Voice over IP technology with the quality of a traditional telephone network.