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Current Status of ICT in The Gambia – Focus on Business. Presented by: Muhammed Jah Managing Director, QuantumNET Co. Ltd. Presentation Outline. Brief History of ICT in The Gambia ICT in Gambian Businesses today The way forward for ICT in The Gambia. Prelude.

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current status of ict in the gambia focus on business

Current Status of ICT in The Gambia– Focus on Business

Presented by:

Muhammed Jah

Managing Director, QuantumNET Co. Ltd.

presentation outline
Presentation Outline
  • Brief History of ICT in The Gambia
  • ICT in Gambian Businesses today
  • The way forward for ICT in The Gambia
prelude
Prelude
  • Growing disparity between the countries of the north and the south are so enormous. The huge divide is not only in the socio-economic and political spheres but also in technology.
  • ICT properly utilised and appropriately applied can bridge this gap; help demarginalise all developing countries and enable them to recapture lost ground and revive their socio-economic initiatives.
  • The Gambia is no exception. ICT is being utilised in business.
brief history of ict the gambia pre 1998 era
Brief History of ICT The Gambia : Pre –1998 Era
  • ICT spans four major industries in The Gambia:
    • Telecommunications
    • Information Technology
    • Internet
    • Television/Radio
brief history of ict in the gambia
Brief History of ICT in The Gambia
  • Telecommunications
    • Digital Exchanges
    • Fibre Optic
    • Land line penetration
    • Analogue Cellular
    • Radio Pagers
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Brief History of ICT in The Gambia
  • Information Technology
    • Low level of computer penetration
    • Basic computer applications utilised
    • Low level of human resources
    • High tariffs on computer equipment
    • Less than 25% utilisation by businesses
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Brief History of ICT in The Gambia
  • Internet
    • X.21 Link available to GAMTEL, 9600 bps
    • High connectivity costs through Compuserve & Delphi
    • Less than 100 customers
    • No Internet Cafes
    • Basic Internet services offered (Email & Browsing only)
    • Few trained personnel
    • No web presence
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Brief History of ICT in The Gambia
  • Television / Radio
    • One TV station (Government owned)
    • One Cable TV service provider (Private owned)
    • Several Radio Stations (FM, MW, SW)
pre 1998 benefits
Pre – 1998 Benefits
  • Reliable telephone network
  • Faster banking services
  • Country-wide television / radio coverage
pre 1998 constraints
Pre – 1998 Constraints
  • Technology advancement was hindered by:
    • High cost of ICT equipment
    • High illiteracy rate
    • Few ICT personnel
    • Limited involvement of Private sector
    • Availabity of electricity
    • Limited Internet access
    • No ICT Policy
ict in gambian businesses today
ICT in Gambian Businesses today
  • Telecommunications
    • Digital Exchanges (All exchanges)
    • Fibre Optic country wide
    • Land line penetration country wide
    • 2 GSM Cellular operators
    • Radio Pagers (not fully utilised)
    • More corporate customers
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ICT in Gambian Businesses today
  • Information Technology
    • Higher level of computer penetration
    • More advanced computer applications utilised
    • Higher level of human resources
    • Lower tariffs on computer equipment
    • More than 75% utilisation by businesses
    • More local ICT training institutions
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ICT in Gambian Businesses today
  • Internet
    • Multihomed 2Mbps Backbone, 2 Gateways , total of 3 Mbps bandwidth
    • Lower connectivity costs
    • More than 10,000 users
    • More than 50 Internet Cafes
    • All Internet services offered
    • 3 Local ISPs : 2 private and 1 government
    • More trained personnel
    • Advent of e-commerce: Internet & telephone banking
    • More businesses with web presence
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ICT in Gambian Businesses today
  • Television / Radio
    • One TV station (Government owned)
    • Two Cable TV service providers (Private owned)
    • Satellite TV (DSTV)
    • More Radio Stations (FM, MW, SW)
current benefits
Current Benefits
  • More ICT related employment opportunities
  • Faster, cheaper and more reliable communication services
  • Drastic reduction of operational costs
  • More private sector participation
  • ICT policy discussions in progress
  • Integration of Gambian businesses into global markets
current constraints
Current Constraints
  • Technology advancement is hindered by:
    • Relatively high cost of ICT equipment
    • High illiteracy rate
    • Few ICT personnel
    • Limited involvement of Private sector
    • Availability of electricity outside Greater Banjul Area
    • Relatively high cost of Internet access
    • Limited Internet bandwidth
    • Still No ICT Policy
    • Telecommunication monopoly
    • High Telecommunication tariffs
    • No on-line payment facilities
the way forward for ict in the gambia
The way forward for ICT in The Gambia
  • More collaboration between business sector & government
  • Zero tariffs on ICT equipment
  • No monopoly
  • ICT Policy
  • Encourage more ICT Institutions
  • Train more ICT personnel
  • More incentives for ICT businesses
  • Encourage newer and cheaper telecommunications technologies
  • High local telephone penetration
  • Country-wide electricity