Gateway Communications last week announced that it had extended an existing partnership with Telecom Namibia to include an interconnection for international services. Telecom Namibia operates a fully-fledged digital telecommunications network providing fixed-line and fixed-mobile telephony, data and value added services, IP Access to ISPs and its own ISP known as IWAY, as well as the backbone transmission infrastructure for GSM mobile services for its sister company, Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC).

The new service will allow Telecom Namibia to grow revenues by working with Gateway to increase the volume of international telephone calls terminated via their fixed-line and MTC's mobile networks. Telecom Namibia selected Gateway Communications based on their proven ability to attract substantial traffic volumes to deliver to African operators. Secondly Gateway was prepared to provide the required connectivity to Namibia on favourable risk-free terms to Telecom Namibia. No formal tenders were called for as the traffic is dynamically allocated to the most favourable route. Gateway Communications is also an established business partner of TN through their joint shareholding in the SNO Licence awarded by the Minister of Communications in South Africa.