Officials of the Sierra Leone Cable Limited (SALCAB) yesterday April 19, 2017 sensitized Civil Society activists and a host of media practitioners on the operations of the Fiber Optic.
Giving an overview on the operational mode of SALCAB at a well attended press briefing at Freetown Gulf Club at Lumley Beach, the Chief Commercial Officer of SALCAB, Alhaji Salieu Mansaray informed the audience that SALCAB missed the opportunity in 2009 to join the fiber optic operations.
He disclosed that World Bank have loaned the government thirty-one million dollars ($31 million dollar) to run the operations of fiber in the country.
“Sierra Leone needs fiber rather than Satellite because it is very fast and reliable and can cover a long distance within a second, and besides, it has a high bandwidth that is very reliable” Alhaji Mansaray noted.
Hence, encourages service operators to make use of the fiber so that communications will be cheaper and affordable in the country. “SALCAB being the host only sells bandwidth to operators who are licensed by NATCOM” he said. Adding that, SALCAB has a huge capacity, and it is ready to sell its bandwidth to any service provider.
Earlier, the Managing Director of SALCAB, Mohamed Sheriff, while updating journalists and civil society activists on the operations of the fiber optic, said the fiber optic is presently almost in every part of the country and fully operational.
“73 MDA’s have connected to the fiber and all MDA’s pays to various service providers” he said. The ceremony was climaxed by an inspection tour on the landing station of the fiber.
The Sierra Leone Cable Limited (SALCAB) was created by an act of Parliament in 2012 with support from the World Bank to land and manage the fiber optic submarine cable through the Africa Coast to Europe terrestrial infrastructure with the state-of-the-art facilities at the submarine fibre optic cable landing station in Freetown and network operations Centre in Jui and other ADM stations across the country.
With the creation of SALCAB, it was expected that Mobile phone companies and other internet service providers should have upgraded their systems with the new technology and equipment to be able to make maximum use of the information super highway, the fibre optic infrastructure has been provided by the government to boost the telecommunications industry and to provide efficient, effective and reliable service for the people to make their lives better.
More on the fiber optic operations in subsequent edition.