Sierratel begins testing new network

26 Aug 2008

State-owned operator Sierratel has begun testing its new CDMA-based fixed wireless network. The infrastructure is said to complement the company’s existing landline service and will have a capacity of 100,000 subscribers. ‘So far, the voice tests have been very successful, and Sierratel is now desirous of distributing the handsets to members of the public to test, too, so as to verify its effectiveness as a modern cordless telecommunication outfit,’ said Alhaji I. B. Kargbo, Sierra Leone’s Information and Communication Minister. Handsets are expected to be rolled out for consumer use in September, reports IDG News Service.