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The Gambia Communication


In 2009 there were 49,000 telephones in use, using an adequate network of microwave radio relays and open wire. Also in the same year, there were about 1.433 million cellular phones in use.

The Gambia is served by five FM and one AM radio stations. Radio Gambia, a State-owned broadcasting service, operates daily with over 100 hours of broadcasts a week in six languages including English. Its coverage is countrywide, although reception is poor in the eastern part of the country. The five FM Radio stations are Radio SYD, Radio 1 FM, Citizen FM, SUD FM and West Coast. These are privately owned commercial stations that broadcast entertainment programs, mostly music, for 140 hours a week. They also simulcast Radio Gambia’s news programs. Their signals reach primarily the Western Division but can be heard up to Mansakonko. In 2000, there were 396 radios and three televisions sets for every 1,000 people.

Internet service is available from two sources, GAMTEL and Both services are reliable and relatively inexpensive, serving 130,100 users in 2009.


Telephones - main lines in use :
49,000 (2009)

Telephones - mobile cellular :
1.433 million (2009)

Telephone system :
general assessment: adequate microwave radio relay and open-wire network; state-owned Gambia Telecommunications partially privatized in 2007
domestic: combined fixed-line and mobile-cellular teledensity, aided by multiple mobile-cellular providers, approached 85 per 100 persons in 2009
international: country code - 220; microwave radio relay links to Senegal and Guinea-Bissau; a landing station for the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) undersea fibre-optic cable is scheduled for completion in 2011; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean) (2009)

Broadcast media :
state-owned, single-channel TV service; state-owned radio station and 4 privately-owned radio stations; transmissions of multiple international broadcasters are available, some via shortwave radio; foreign cable and satellite TV subscription services are obtainable in some parts of the country (2007)

Internet country code :

Internet hosts :
1,453 (2010)

Internet users :
130,100 (2009)





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