Gateway Communications has signed an interconnection agreement with Sonatel, the national phone company of Senegal, to terminate international telephone calls in Senegal and to provide Sonatel 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 wholesale voice service will allow Sonatel to increase revenue by working with Gateway Communications to prevent telephone calls entering the country illegally and by targeting traditional and non-traditional sources of traffic such as the international calling-card market. The service will also lower the cost of outbound calls to key international destinations, such as European mobile networks, through Gateway’s targeted route management product. The agreement provides Sonatel with access to Gateway’s established network across Africa for termination and origination of telephone calls.

Gateway Communications will install equipment at Sonatel’s international switching centre and utilize dedicated satellite capacity to ensure that Gateway’s customers and Sonatel’s subscribers are provided with optimum quality of service. As a result Gateway is able to deliver the cost-savings of Voice over IP technology but with the quality of a traditional telephone network.

According to Papa Gana Mbengue, Head of International Relations at Sonatel "We believe that this agreement enables us to provide our customers in Senegal with world class voice services and continue to build our country’s reputation as a leading African centre for commerce and industry."