GATEWAY AND SIERRE LEONE’S DATATEL LINK TWO GSM OPERATORS TO INDEPENDENT NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL NETWORK
In a visible demonstration of their investment in Sierra Leone pan-African operator Gateway Communications, and independent Freetown based Datatel Connections announced last week the successful launch of new network infrastructure in Sierra Leone linking up GSM providers Millicom and Celtel.
Business life and retail confidence continues to increase in Sierra Leone and along with it a growing need for cost-effective and reliable communications. This need was predicted some time ago by Gateway and Datatel when two years back they began a series of investments that have provided communication services never before available in Sierra Leone.
First to benefit were Internet users with the partners’ deployment of a wireless local loop network in and around Freetown. The new network and overlay ISP service delivered world class Internet access to the non-governmental agencies, multinationals, internet cafés and dial-up customers who rapidly signed-up to the service.
Next the partners commenced deployment of a VoIP and international VSAT service from Sierra Leone again providing the kind of quality and pricing not available in this part of west Africa.
Cellular communications across Africa have seen significant growth as mobile technology achieves the kind of roll-out speed that traditional networks cannot match. The same is true in Sierra Leone.
Now the national GSM operators Millicom and Celtel benefit from increased in-bound traffic volumes and additional settlement revenue by working with Gateway and Datatel to provide international connectivity and promote their dialling codes through the international telephony markets.
"By working with Gateway Communications, we have successfully developed local infrastructure and services in Freetown," said Christian Ogoo MD of Datatel. "We now provide local services over a Wireless Local Loop network we built, on which we offer ISP, VPN and international calling facilities to calling shops, non governmental bodies and multi-national corporations".