QCell, which received Gambia's fourth mobile network operating licence last August, has held a ceremony to showcase its services.
At the event held last month the company announced the launch of packages including 3G video calling services, available to both pre- and post-paid customers, mobile internet access, multimedia messaging and conferencing. Call Promotions include free on-net calls in the daytime and at weekends.
The operator also declared the aim of providing countrywide coverage in the immediate future. TeleGeography's GlobalComms database says that in August 2008 Gambia's communications ministry DOSCIT awarded the mobile operating licence to QCell, a start-up owned by domestic ISP QuantumNet's CEO Muhammed Jah.
It revealed plans to launch a 2G/3G GSM/W-CDMA network using both the 900MHz and 2100MHz bands, originally scheduled for April 2009. The company's website is up but currently contains just a banner saying '3G GSM Services...Coming Soon'. QCell will compete with three existing GSM network operators Africell, Gamcel and Comium Mobile.