30 May 2014

Gambia: Turkish Engineers, Telecom Experts Eye Gambia Market

A team of high-tech engineers and telecommunication experts from OmniTek Company in Turkey is currently visiting The Gambia to explore the country's vast investment opportunities.

The group's visit, the latest in a string of others in recent times, is coming hard on the heels of the February state visit to Turkey by President Yahya Jammeh at the invitation of his counterpart, Abdullah Gull. During the visit, the Gambian president met with the Turkish business community and used the platform to announce that his country was open to investors in the Trans-continental nation and that his government was ready to facilitate the process for their investment.

That call appears to have borne some fruits with frequent visits to the country by Turkish investors. In fact the visit by the president also resulted in the very recent convening of the Joint Economic Commission between the two countries, which culminated in the critical signing of bilateral agreements in many areas such as trade, tourism, energy and so on. The latest potential investors in an interview with the Daily Observer are optimistic they will achieve a result in Banjul. Their company, OmniTek, is an innovative company that specialises in telecommunication and has facilities such as security surveillance system by way of scanning people's faces, develop Waveform Monitors, Video Signal Generators and Picture Quality Analysers, that send and receive voice, video, and data information across all current video formats - SD, HD, 3G and 4K - for use in broadcast, post production, colour grading and digital cinema applications. "We also have Laser Communication facilities which are fixed between buildings and by this, we are not using fibre optics, we just use light," the chairman of the group, Muammer Uysal told the Daily Observer.

"The Free Space Optics (FSO) is a new technology that can be installed license-free worldwide, and can be installed quickly. It's capable of sending up to 1.25 Gbps of data, voice, and video communications simultaneously through the air enabling fiber-optic connectivity without requiring physical fiber-optic cable. It enables optical communications at the speed of light and it forms the basis of a new category of products optical wireless products from Light Pointe, the recognised leader in outdoor wireless bridging communications," he explained.

The group leader further explained that FSO technology approach has a number of advantages and is easily upgradeable, and that its open interfaces support equipment from a variety of vendors, which helps enterprises and service providers protect their investment in embedded telecommunications infrastructures.

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