Sierra Leone’s government cautions two telcos

4 Jul 2013

The parliamentary oversight committee on information and communication in Sierra Leone, headed by Hon. Binneh Bangura, has cautioned telcos Rawani Dubai Telecommunications Company and Intergroup Telecom (Smart Mobile) for failing to submit their certificates of registration and evidence of payment made to the National Revenue Authority (NRA) and the National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT), All Africa reports. According to the article, the companies were reportedly issued an ultimatum to provide the requested documentation within 72 hours, or face penalties. The Parliamentary Committee also called on the National Communications Authority (Natcom) to exhibit greater vigilance in the handling of cases of overseas companies currently investing in the country, pointing out that although Sierra Leone is in need of foreign investors, they must conform to national regulations.

Intergroup Telecom is a subsidiary of Cyprus-based and Russian-owned Timeturns Holdings. It holds a concession to operate GSM-900/1800, 3G and WiMAX networks in Sierra Leone. TeleGeography was unable to verify the status of Rawani, and its operational status is unknown.

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