Comium lands in Gambia

The West African operator has been awarded the country's third GSM licence, giving it four operations across the continent.

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By  Alex Ritman Published  August 7, 2006

West African mobile operator Comium Mobile has announced that it has been awarded a GSM licence in Gambia. Comium will become the third operator in the country behind Africell and Gamcell when it goes live, expected to be in the first quarter of 2007. Comium already operates in Liberia and Sierra Leone and last month won another licence in Cote d’Ivoire. Speaking to CommsMEA last month, Comium CEO and chairman Nizar Dalloul said that he was aware of the consolidation occurring across the African continent that might make Comium a potential target for acquisition. “Definitely, there’s always a possibility. We haven’t been targeted yet, but the possibilities are there.” But with regard to competing against the larger players such as Millicom, MTN and Celtel, Dalloul believes Comium has shown its professionalism in Sierra Leone since it began operations in the second half of 2005. “In Sierra Leone we competed with Celtel and Millicom, and in record time we made ourselves number two in the market and are now breathing down the neck of Celtel. We’re not afraid of big players.” Comium Mobile is a fully owned subsidiary of the Luxembourg-based Comium Group, which has international telecommunications interests including ISPs and data services.

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