IDG Connect – Sierra Leone Building the ICT of the Future

Sierra Leone has embarked on several initiatives to boost ICT but there are challenges in terms of fibre penetration, liberalization of the gateway, legal reforms and literacy

GIBS Information Centre / GIBSIC‘s insight:

Sierra Leone – ICT :”“ICT will be the engine of socio-economic development in the next 10 years in the country,” Siray Timbo, chairperson of the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) the state-run telecoms regulator said in an interview. And things are already beginning to take place.  The country has already landed the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine fibre cable on a $31 million loan from the World Bank. This means the speed of download should increase to 5.12 terabits per second (Tb/s), with a capacity to carry large volumes of voice, data and video, the ACE consortium stated on its website. The country also secured another $15 million loan from the China EXIM Bank to run the cable across the country.    –                                                 

With a loan from the Islamic Development Bank, the country will run a terrestrial cable from the landing site in the capital Freetown, to Guinea in the north, and Liberia in the south, as part of the West AfricaWide Area Network (ECOWAN) project.”

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