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December 21, 2009 – Lagos, Nigeria - Gateway Communications has announced the acquisition of a 10.5Ghz spectrum licence for 10 states in Nigeria. The states are Kano, Kaduna, Rivers, Delta, Abuja, Edo, Oyo, Anambra, Abia and Enugu. The acquisition follows Gateway’s successful roll out of the AirlinkTM and MetroLinkTM 10.5Ghz spectrum solutions in Lagos and furthers Gateway’s drive to build a pan-African connectivity network that covers every major African city based on satellite, submarine cable and terrestrial (fibre) infrastructure.

Gateway will roll out services across the ten states in 2010, with Port Harcourt and Abuja scheduled to go live in February 2010 and the company has committed to roll out the solutions to a further 14 states in 2011. The acquisition continues Gateway’s strategic expansion in Nigeria and investment in infrastructure.

“We are delighted that we are rolling out the highly successful AirlinkTM and MetrolinkTM products across 10 new states in 2010. This is a pure broadband 10mb solution with an MPLS backbone and with the flexibility to customise the solutions we provide to individual client needs” said John Dindlebeck, Managing Director for Gateway West Africa. “This expansion demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing world class connectivity solutions in Nigeria and is a major investment. We have already seen significant interest in the service in roll out states from our existing clients in Lagos.”

The AirLinkTM and MetroLinkTM solutions are targeted at fast growing medium sized businesses looking for a reliable and customised connectivity solution to help drive growth and operational capacity. Clients already using the system in Lagos reacted to the announcement by saying:

“At Telnet Nigeria Ltd, we appreciate the level of consistency and the high performance of the broadband service that Gateway has provided us with. In fact as soon as Airlink is rolled out to Abuja and Port Harcourt we will be utilising the service in those branches too. We look forward to working with Gateway in the future and having the best quality Internet service provision from them.”

CIG, Telnet Nigeria, Lagos

“Our Internet connection has the speed and reliability we need to run our business effectively and we give Gateway credit for their immediate response to and resolution of issues at all times. We are currently working on opening a branch in Abuja and will be delighted to use Airlink once it has been rolled out in the region.”

Network Administrator, Camac/ Allied Energy
“Gateway has recently upgraded our service from VSAT technology to Gateway’s new Airlink Broadband service. We have recommended Airlink to our other companies in Enugu, Onitsha and Warri where we hope that the service can be rolled out soon.”
Head of IT, Nigerite

About Gateway Communications
Gateway Communications owns and operates the largest and most advanced pan-African telecommunications network. Our scale, reach and resources are unparalleled.
Gateway connects over 583 million people in over 40 African countries, working in partnership with the continents leading mobile phone operators.

Our business experts are creating prosperity across Africa by working closely with multinational corporations; in banking and finance, oil and gas, mining and construction, retail and distribution, airlines and other important sectors.

With more than 45 transponders of satellite capacity over Africa we manage more connectivity over the continent than any other operator. And with 24 dedicated teleports, access to multiple SAT-3 and SEACOM landing ports, 17 African offices and 450 local experts, we’ve got more on the ground support than any other operator.

Gateway is committed to developing long term communications solutions and investing for the long term in the communities where we operate.

We continue to be recognised for setting the standards for tomorrow’s communications in Africa.

Gateway Communications
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Tel: +44 20 7173 1700

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