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Huawei Technologies has launched the construction of phase 2 of Sierra Leone’s fiber optic network. The site which is still at the level of civil engineering will last 2 years. On September 28, he was inspected by the Ministry of Information and Communications.  Construction work on the second phase of Sierra Leone’s national fiber optic network has...

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Sierra Leone Cable Limited (SALCAB) is set to be unbundled into a national digital institutional framework, incorporating a national advisory council on digital development to be led by the Presidency. SALCAB, a special purpose vehicle company established to support the country’s telecommunications and enhance access to communications, has been in operation for eight years. Minister...

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The government of Sierra Leone, via the country’s telecommunications industry regulator, the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), has introduced a new floor price for telecommunications services – a move that has not gone down well with subscribers. According to NATCOM, the floor price for all voice calls (including promotions, bonuses and bundles) will be Le590 per...

Sierra Leone’s National Telecommunication Commission (NATCOM) has called on the country’s Central Bank to develop a stronger regulatory framework to secure mobile payment, which is not under its jurisdiction but which affects the telecom companies which it guarantees. Faced with the progressive dynamism of Mobile Money, the telecom regulator also wanted to draw the Central Bank’s...

The Director General of Sierra Leone’s National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), Maxwell Massaquoi, signed on 26 April 2019 an MoU with telecommunications regulatory heads from Liberia, Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire that aims to implement the One Area Network initiative. Once this plan has been put into effect, mobile phone users visiting the signatory countries would be able to...

Following a technical audit, it is alleged that Sierra Leone’s telecom regulator NATCOM promoted favouritism and unfair competition within the telecommunications industry between January 2015 and July 2018. This is understood to have cost the country approximately US$68-million. The full audit report was prepared by members of the African Organisation of English-speaking Supreme Audit Institutions...