Gateway Communications has announced a bilateral interconnection agreement with Angola Telecom, the dominant fixed-line and GSM operator in Angola. The agreement will assist Angola Telecom in remaining ahead of the competition in delivery of international services in the face of deregulation in fixed and mobile telephony.

Angola Telecom is the incumbent telco in Angola. It supplies services to more than 100,000 home phones and Movicel (a subsidiary of Angola Telecom) supplies services to more than 120,000 mobile phone users.

By partnering with Gateway Communications, Angola Telecom will gain access to increased revenue and international traffic volume from Gateway’s extensive pan-African and international customer base, which includes PTT’s, GSM operators, and non-traditional sources of traffic such as the international calling-card market. The service will also lower the cost of outbound calls from Angola to key international destinations, such as European and African mobile networks, through Gateway’s targeted Route Management Services.

Gateway Communications will install equipment at Angola Telecom’s premises and utilize dedicated fibre capacity, via the SAT-3 submarine cable, to ensure that Gateway’s customers and Angola Telecom’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.

According to Jose Pereira, International Business Director at Angola Telecom "As the leading provider of telecom services in Angola we are excited to be working with a carrier that understands the African market and that will allow us to remain competitive in international services while delivering an exceptional quality of service."