Gambia ends international call termination fee collection contract with MGI

Gambia ends international call termination fee collection contract with MGI

Gambian authorities terminated its international calling gateway contract with a Swiss-based company, Multimedia Gateway International in the first step towards securing cheaper international calling fees and longer talk times.

MGI was outsourced by Gamtel to collect international call termination fees, which has hiked international calling fees and reduced talk times.

Gamtel has taken over the collection of the international call termination fees from MGI since last week, according to the Ministry of Information and Communication.

Gambians in the Diaspora have been paying more for international calling since 2008 compared to its neighbors Nigeria and Senegal.

The new government accuses the ex-regime leader of inflating termination rates and swindling millions from the funds generated.

While many countries regulate termination charges, the absence of competition in The Gambia gave ex-President Yahya Jammeh the power to abuse the market.

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