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EQUATORIAL GUINEA

  • The Country Profile created for the European Commission's NovaTech-ProInvest conference in Mali (November 2006) says that GETESA - Sociedad Anonima de Telecomunicaciones de la Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial - monopolizes fixed and mobile telephony as well as Internet access. Supposedly, the only website in the country is GETESA's http://www.getesa.gq - not working when we last tried it. But we also found http://www.orange.gq/BoutiqueInternet/assistance_wifi.php - offering help on how to set up your Sagem WiFi modem to connect to Orange Internet. No mention of any license requirement. GETESA's mobile phone division is also branded "Orange" because France Telecom owns 40% of GETESA. The regulator is Ministero de Comunicaciones y Transporte - Dirección General de Correos y Telecomunicaciones (Ministry of Communications and Transport - General Directorate of Post and Telecommunications).
  • According to the United Nations' International Human Rights Instrument for EG (2003), "Radio is the dominant medium of communication in Equatorial Guinea..." - FM and shortwave sound broadcasting, that is - even though there are just a handful of stations.
  • In 2006, Equatorial Guinea came in 4th on the Committee to Protect Journalists' list of "the ten most censored countries" - sandwiched between Turkmenistan and Libya. One reason was that the country has only one privately owned radio station - owned by the President's son. A US State Department report in 2005 apparently claimed there are no bookstores or newsstands in the country.

Africa - Regional Overview