GUINEA BISSAU is a WATRA member state with a population of 1.9 million who are young people with 77% of them being literate. It’s call code is +245
There are two GSM mobile operators in the country: MTN, a subsidiary of the South African mobile group, launched in 2003; and Orange, a subsidiary of Senegal’s SONATEL, which launched in 2007. The market is almost evenly split between the two. They are the only private telecommunication companies present in the country while the government-owned Guintel ceased operations. They provide cell phones, 3G coverage, and money transfer service.
In 2014, the contribution of the telecommunications sector to the country’s GDP was only 1.5 percent. Total revenues of the telecom sector increased by a factor of six in the past 10 years, and its contribution to GDP grew to almost two percent. It can be estimated that Orange Bissau and MTN have created around 300 direct jobs and 4,000 indirect jobs, mostly through their distribution networks (2016).
According to the 2015 UNESCO report, 4% of the population are connected to the internet with only 1.9% having it in their household. 69 out of 100 citizens were also said to be connected to the internet. More than 77% of their population is highly literate.