Smart Mobile conducts first video call over network

26 Apr 2011

Sierra Leone’s Minister of Information and Communication Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo has made the first video call over the mobile network of Intergroup Telecom to President Koroma. Local newspaper Awoko Times reports that Intergroup Telecom, which intends to operate under the Smart Mobile banner, holds a concession to operate GSM-900/1800, 3G and WiMAX networks. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Sierra Leone was home to an estimated 2.47 million wireless subscribers at the end of 2010, and was served by four operational cellcos: Lebanese-owned companies Lintel SL (operating under the Africell brand) and Comium SL; Airtel Sierra Leone (formerly known as Zain), a subsidiary of Indian telecoms company Bharti Airtel, and fixed line incumbent Sierratel. A fifth company, GreenN Sierra Leone, a subsidiary of LAP Green Network, itself 100% owned by Libyan government-owned investment vehicle Libyan Africa Portfolio (LAP), was reported to be close to launching mobile operations earlier in the year.

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