Indian government helps out Sierratel

1 Sep 2008

According to IDG News Service, the Indian government has provided USD30 million to aid the fixed line operations of Sierratel. ‘We are going to upgrade our network and computerise our operations’, said Sierratel managing director Alpha Sesay, before adding: ‘We will also start providing internet services directly to users’. The report goes on to state that a major focus for Sierratel over the next five years will be to examine the possibility of linking with the SAT-3/WASC fibre-optic cable, most likely through Cote d’Ivoire, in order to decrease calling rates in the country. Sierra Leone missed being connected to the communication cable due to political turmoil in 1997.

Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone Telecommunications Company (Sierratel)