Sierra Leone’s largest mobile network operator by customers, Africell SL, has announced that it has crossed the one million active subscriber mark. The GSM operator, registered as Lintel SL, is a subsidiary of African holding company Africell, itself owned by Lebanon-based telco Lintel Holding, and launched 900MHz services in February 2005, before passing half a million users in early 2008, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database. In November 2009 Africell acquired rival GSM operator Tigo Sierra Leone from Millicom International Cellular. A merger of the two operations has not yet been officially confirmed, although the local Tigo website has been taken offline. Excluding its new acquisition, by mid-2010 Africell had a market share of around 38% of mobile customers in the country, whilst the former Tigo accounted for around 7%.