Airtel Sierra Leone to invest USD33 million in 2017

26 Jan 2017

Mobile operator Airtel Sierra Leone is planning to invest USD33 million in the expansion of its operations across the country in 2017, AllAfrica reports. The operator, which was acquired by French telecoms provider Orange in partnership with its Senegal-based subsidiary Sonatel in July 2016, is planning to upgrade its network, while also improving customer experience and operations. Airtel SL’s CEO Sekou Drame noted that network densification would be performed in Freetown, Bo, Makeni and Kenema to resolve present network congestion issues, in addition to renewing Airtel SL’s transmission backbone by multiplying its current capacity to cope with high data demand. The executive also said that the company has already presented a proposal to regulator the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) outlining the planned upgrades, which are scheduled to be completed by July 2017.