Africell reaches one million subscribers in Sierra Leone

28 Sep 2010

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%.

Sierra Leone, Lintel SL (Africell SL), Tigo (Millicom SL)