INTERNET, 3G, 4G AND MOBILE TECHNOLOGY IN THE GAMBIA

According to the Mobile Economy report for Sub-Saharan Africa, the Gambia has 67 percent mobile penetration in 2018, with around 1.4 million unique mobile customers

 

The Gambia, sometimes known as Africa’s smallest mainland country, is a West African country with a population of roughly 2 million people, according to a 2017 estimate.

It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Senegal and became an independent country in 1965.

Internet in the Gambia

The Gambia has roughly 250,000 Internet users, or about 13 percent of the population; this places the Gambia as the 151st largest Internet user in the world. According to a 2012 estimate, the Gambia has 656 Internet hosts, ranking it 179th in the world. The Gambia also has roughly 500 fixed broadband subscriptions, ranking it 188th in the world, and 23,000 wireless broadband subscriptions, ranking it 131st in the world.

Africell Gambia, Gamtel, Gamtel Co, Gamtel Co., INSIST NET Limited- V, QCell, QCell Limited, Netpage Company Limited, and Unique Solutions S.A. are among the Internet Service Providers that offer a variety of download speeds.

According to a 2017 speed test result, Gamtel and Gamtel Co are the Gambia’s Internet Service Providers with the fastest download speeds. Gamtel, formerly known as Gambia Telecommunication Services Firm, was a state-owned telecommunications company until it was privatised in 2007.

In the Gambia, Internet users are not subjected to any significant limitations on their online activities; there have been no reports of official limits on online activity, as well as unlawful behaviour.

Emails are monitored. In the Gambia, however, there have been reports of grid control over the Internet system. According to reports, there was a two-day period during the 2016 elections when international communications and Internet usage were restricted.

3G in the Gambia

3G networks were introduced as an update to 2G networks; 3G is also suitable for supporting smartphones and applications that require greater data transmission speeds, with UMTS 2100 being one of the 3G capabilities offered in Gambia.

There are only a few telecommunications firms in Gambia that offer 3G services, such as Gamtel and QCell.

  • QCell: Known as the Gambia’s first Internet Service Provider, QCell launched its 3G network in 2012 and hopes to expand its 3G services throughout the country. By 2016, QCell had reached 90% of its aim, and by 2017, the Gambia had a national 3G network. It should be noted, however, that in the event that 3G services are unavailable, QCell does allow a fallback to 2G services. QCell, on the other hand, is considered the Gambia’s top 3G service provider.
  • Gamtel: Gamtel also provides 3G services and is the Gambia’s second largest 3G operator. Gamtel provides 3G services across the Gambia, albeit the quality of the 3G services is not as good as that provided by other Gambia 3G Internet Service Providers.
  • Africell, the Gambia’s largest mobile provider, offers both 3G and 2G services. Africell is the Gambia’s leading 3G service provider, with the most coverage. Users can rely on 3G networks, particularly those provided by Africell, even if Africell’s 3G connection may become slow due to overcrowding.
  • Africell, the Gambia’s largest mobile provider, offers both 3G and 2G services. Africell is the Gambia’s leading 3G service provider, with the most coverage. Users can rely on 3G networks, particularly those provided by Africell, even if Africell’s 3G connection may become slow due to overcrowding.

4G in the Gambia

The fourth generation of mobile phone communication technologies is known as 4G. It is a 3G update designed specifically for devices like laptops and modems.

4G provides ultra-high-speed Internet connections and can be used in both the office and at home in Gambia.

The Gambia’s internet customers have access to a 4G network as well. QCell and Africell are two of the Gambia’s 4G operators.

  • A 4G network is also available from Netpage Company Ltd. The Netpage Company provides a 4G network that allows customers to download products 40 times faster than a 3G network. WiMAX was the first 4G device produced in Gambia by Netpage Company. The Gambia’s network technologies
  • QCell was the first network provider in Gambia to offer 4G LTE. In 2017, QCell launched 4G LTE in Gambia, while Africell launched 4G services in January 2018. Africell can provide upload/download speeds of up to 68Mbps/20Mbps. QCell also provides corporate WiMAX, which is compatible with both PCs and mobile devices. QCell’sWiMAX users can download files at at least 20MB. In some parts of the Gambia, QCell’s WiMAX service is available. Within the Greater Banjul area, these areas include Fajara, Kairaba Avenue, Serrekunda, Brufut Heights, and Brikama.

Mobile Technology in the Gambia

According to the Mobile Economy report for Sub-Saharan Africa, the Gambia has 67 percent mobile penetration in 2018, with around 1.4 million unique mobile customers; this puts the country in second place in the region, just behind Ghana, and among the top five in the continent.

The Gambia’s smart phone adoption rate is currently 27.5 percent, indicating that more individuals are regularly viewing digital content, particularly online videos, via mobile devices.

Opportunities in the Gambia mobile industry

Gambia is a country in West Africa. The mobile telecommunications business provides great prospects to the world’s rising population; it connects individuals all over the world because mobile internet is the only form of connectivity available.

Mobile operators and entrepreneurs, on the other hand, must seek for ways to maximise the mobile industry’s contributions to the digital economy.

Mobile carriers must also interact and work with startups in order to develop the proper partnership that will result in a strong business value proposition.

Finally, while many Gambians, particularly those in rural areas, still lack access to basic services such as power, health care, water, and banking services, the mobile technology business can serve as a conduit for delivering crucial services to those in rural areas.

If this is to work, the Gambian government and regulators, such as the central bank, must make and implement changes that safeguard startups while also promoting healthy competition without slowing economic growth.

By Yankuba E. Jarju | Shropshire, UK

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