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Gateway Communications holds an influential position within "Goldleaf Trading" consortium

London, 7th November 2002, UK-based Gateway Communications, a provider of voice and data services within Africa, has today confirmed its involvement with the Goldleaf Trading Consortium in its bid for a 51% stake in the planned second national phone operator licence for South Africa. The
consortium is made up of UK-based consultants Premier Contracts Agency, Gateway Communications and US-based Telecom Africa International Corporation. British Telecom, MTN and Siemens have also committed to management and support roles within the group. The successful bidder will
combine with state-owned local subsidiaries of Eskom
<> and Transnet,
which are to own a joint 30%, and empowerment company Nexus Connexion with 19%, to form the Second National Operator (SNO).

This move follows Gateway's acquisition of FirstNet the leading South African VANS (value added network services) provider in March 2002. Gateway Communications has constructed a multi-service network between major centres in Africa and communications hubs in the US and Europe and provides voice and data services to PTT's, GSM operators and major blue-chip corporations with offices in Africa.

"The African market is core to Gateway Communications continued growth. We are committed to and have a significant customer base in corporate networking in Southern Africa and offer extensive experience in international network management in that environment," comments Peter
Gbedemah, managing director of Gateway Communications. "With the combined expertise and resources of the Goldleaf consortium members we are well positioned to deliver real choice and value to the corporate and wholesale communications market in South Africa. We expect to receive news on the
outcome of the bid from the Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri
%20Matsepe-Casaburri> early in the New Year."

Goldleaf is one of two competitive bids received by the South African government for the SNO licence.

About Gateway Communications

Gateway Communications is a leading provider of communications services to carriers, multinationals and enterprises throughout Africa and the Middle East.

With operations dating back to 1991 Gateway Communications is one of the most established operators in Africa and has been responsible for pioneering the delivery of cost effective voice, data and e-commerce services throughout the region.

Gateway Communications has developed the local presence, skills and expertise combined with the global infrastructure and relationships to uniquely meet the voice and data communications needs of local telecommunications operators and businesses operating within Africa and the
Middle East.


Dianne Canham/Leigh Hooker

éclat Marketing

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Leigh Hooker

éclat Marketing

Tel: 0118 989 5600


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