Brief ICT Profile

of The Gambia

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Total population

1.361 million (2003 census); 1.731 million (2010 projection)  

Urban population

684,158

Rural population

676,523

Local Government Areas

Banjul , Kanifing, Brikama, Mansakonko, Kerewan, Kuntaur, Janjangbureh and Basse

Total land area

11,632 square kilometers

Leading sector

Agriculture

Percentage of the population with access to electricity

Urban - 63.22%

Rural - 18.75%

 

ICT INFRASTRUCTURE:

Country code top level domain (ccTLD) name

.gm

Government web portal site

www.gambia.gov.gm or www.gov.gm

Inception of the internet in The Gambia

1998

Fixed Line Provider

Gambia Telecommunication Company (GAMTEL)

National Transmission backbone

·         534 kms of fibre optic cable

Total yearly voice subscribers +

 2009 = 1,409,732

 2008 = 1,215,004

Annual fixed telephone penetration rate +

2005 = 3.05

2006 = 4.72

2007 = 3.08

2008 = 3.05

2009 = 3.03

Annual mobile penetration rate +

2005 = 15.4

2006 = 16.9

2007 = 51.4

2008 = 72.9

2009 = 85.1

Mobile GSM operators

•  Africell - (www.africell.gm)  

•  Comium - (www.commium.gm)

•  Gamcel - (www.gamcel.gm)

•  Qcell - (www.qcell.gm)

Internet Service Providers

•         Gamtel (www.gamtel.gm)  

•         QuantumNet/QCell (www.qanet.gm)

•         Netpage (www.netpage.info)

•         Lanix Limited

•         Connexion Solution

•         Unique Solutions (http://unique.gm)

 

Type of Internet Access

•   Dial-up, ADSL, leased line, fiber optic cable, wireless connection (CDMA, 3G and  other type of broadband services offered by the providers)

Estimated percentage of the population with computer ++

Urban - 7.71%

Rural - 1.06%

Estimated percentage of the population with access to internet++

Urban - 5.01%

Rural - 0.24%

Cost of Internet Access (average)

Sample of tariff profile can be found at:

http://www.myweb.gamtel.gm/web/tariff_profiles.htm  

Number of TV Stations

One (1) - Government-owned Gambia Radio & Television Service (GRTS) with Satellite TV connected through Intelsat 901

Satellite and Cable TV providers

DSTv/Premium Network, GamTV.

Number of Operational Radio Stations +++

•  FM radio stations – 12

•  Community radio stations - 7

Number of newspaper and their daily circulation

•  The Observer (http://observer.gm)  - Daily

•  The Point (http://thepoint.gm) - Daily

•  Today - Daily

•  Foroyaa (www.foroyaa.gm) - 3 times a week

•  News and Report - Weekly

•  The Gambia Info - 2 times a week

Percent of Household with Electricity ++

•  Banjul & Kanifing - 71.54%

•  Brikama Urban & Kombo North - 21.07%

•  Other Urban - 9.38%

•  Other Rural - 1.37%

Gambia Government websites

 All government ministries and some department agencies have their own website and the links can be found at www.gambia.gov.gm.

 +    - PURA 2009 Annual report

++  - 2007 Scan ICT Report of the Gambia

+++ - As of January 2011

 

HUMAN RESOURCE:

Youth (15-24 years) literacy rate, 2004-2008*, male

 

Youth (15-24 years) literacy rate, 2004-2008*, female

 

Total adult literacy rate (%), 2005-2008*

    70%

 

    58%

 

    45%

Number of University

One (1) - University of The Gambia

Computer to Student Ratio ***

•  Middle/Upper Basic Schools - 1:110

•  Senior Secondary Schools - 1:29

•  Tertiary/Higher Education - 1:10

Percent of ICT Qualified Teachers ***

•  Lower Basic School - 2.4%

•  Middle/Upper Basic Schools - 4.2%

•  Senior Secondary Schools - 15.8%

•  Vocational/technical - 38.5%

•  Tertiary/Higher Education - 13.9%

ICT Training Institutions ***

 

• 33 NTA Accredited ICT Training Institutions in the Gambia**

 * -        http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/gambia_statistics.html

**-      2009 E-Readiness Survey for Government Sector

***-    2007 Scan ICT Report of The Gambia

 

ICT Legal & Regulatory Framework

·         Information and Communication Act

Enacted in 2009

·         The Gambia Public Utilities Regulatory Authority Act

Enacted in 2001

·         Gambia Radio and Television Services Corporation Act

Enacted in 2004

·         Wireless & Telegraphic (transmission, licensing & control) Regulation of the Telegraphic Station Act

Enacted in 1994

 

MOICI’s PROGRAMS/PROJECTS/INITIATIVES IN ICT FOR DEVELOPMENT:

•  AU- PAN AFRICAN Network Project financed by Government of India through African Union Commission

On-going

•  E-Government Strategy implementation

§  Government Web Portal

§  E-Government Data Center

§  E-Govt ICT Training Center

§  Improvement of MOFA Communication Infrastructure

On-going

On-going

On-going

On-going

On-going

•  Regional ICT Centers

Proposed

•  Preparation of NICI Implementation Plan (ICT4D 2012 Plan)

On-going

•   Implementation Strategy and Action Plan for ICT in Education,  ICT in Communities, Human Resource Development and E-Government

Completed

•    Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) Submarine Cable Project

On-going

 

NAMES OF FM RADIO STATION OPERATING IN THE GAMBIA

NO

NAMES AND ADDRESS

FREQUENCIES

REMARKS

1.

Star FM

*

Approval

2.

Radio HAM

*

Approval

3.

Radio Amateur/Citizen Band

*

Approval

4.

Saloum FM, Kaur

90.5 MHz

Approval

5.

West Coast Radio,  Kotu Layout

95.3 MHz

Operational

6.

West Coast Radio, Channel 2

92.1 MHz

Operational

7.

KWT Radio, Kairaba Avenue

107.6 MHz

Operational

8.

Radio 1 FM, Kairaba Avenue

102.1 MHz

Operational

9.

Unique FM, Bakau Newtown

100.7 MHz

Operational

10.

Paradise FM, Kanifing Estate

105.5 MHz

Operational

11.

Janneh Koto FM, Gunjur

101.1 MHz

Operational

12.

Vibes FM

106.1 MHz

Operational

13.

City Limit, Kairaba Avenue

93.1 MHz

Operational

14.

Hill Top FM

104.7 MHz

Operational

15.

GRTS Radio STL Mile 7, Bakau

88.0 MHz

Operational

16.

GRTS FM, Abuko

89.0 MHz

Operational

17.

RFI c/o GRTS, MDI Road Kanifing

98.6 MHz

Operational

18.

Kora FM, Serrekunda

103.9 MHz

Operational

19.

Jazz FM

 

Approval

20

Dego FM

 

Approval

21.

Digital Home FM, Brikama

 

Approval

22.

Gambissara FM, Kairaba Avenue

 

Approval

23.

Capital Radio FM

100.4 MHZ

Operational

24.

Radio Banjul FM, Banjul

 

Approval

25.

Radio Quran, Gambia Supreme Islamic Council, MDI Road, Kanifing

 

Approval

 

COMMUNITY RADIO STATIONS

1.

Taranga Community Radio

97.5 MHz

Operational

2.

Brikama Community Radio

98.0 MHz

Operational

3.

Kerewan Community Radio

105.7 MHz

Operational

4.

Farafenni Community Radio

103.5 MHz

Operational

5.

Brikama-ba Community Radio

96.8 MHz

Operational

6.

Bansang Community Radio

107.2 MHz

Operational

7.

Soma Community Radio

88.8 MHz

Operational

8.

Mansakonko Community Radio

 

Approval

HON. MINISTER

 
Hon. Demba A. Jawo 

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