SOTELGUI went bankrupt in 2012. Ten years later, the multiple actions of the authorities to relaunch the incumbent operator’s activities have still not resulted in a telecoms market where competition has increased.
The Guinean government is still determined to resurrect the Société des Télécommunications de Guinée (SOTELGUI), now Guinée Télécoms. Bamba Oliano, Secretary General of the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Digital Economy, reiterated this ambition on Thursday June 30 during a field visit to the company’s headquarters.
For its part, the operator is preparing hard to launch its activities. According to Samoura Lamine, coordinator of Guinea Telecom, the company already has 183 telecom sites, including 151 LTE sites throughout the country. The company plans to acquire a global license including “3G, 4G, that for the exploitation of optical fiber to provide TV networks, the Internet, fixed telephones ”.
In 2012, poor management and the cascading demands of its workers ended up getting the better of SOTELGUI, which declared bankruptcy despite several unsuccessful approaches tried by the government to keep it afloat. The revival of the operator’s activities on the Guinean telecoms market began to be considered as early as the year, but it has still not succeeded. Until then, the various declarations remained only announcements.
Once relaunched, Guinea Telecom will be “ the national operator that will support government communication, its launch will allow competition in the telephony sector to improve the quality of service. This will reduce the cost of communication and access to the Internet ”.