AWARENESS TIMES
Sierra Leone News & Information

State House | Press Union | Lumley Beach | AllAfrica | SL-Web

www.awarenesstimes.com

  Giving Knowledge to the People
welcome to sierra leone's premier news source
Last Updated: Mar 14th, 2016 - 12:45:57 
Front Page 
 
 NEWS
 Breaking News
 Local News
 Politics
 Photo News
 Video News
 
 EDITORIALS
 
 FROM OUR TEAM
 
 COMMENTS & OPINIONS
 Moiie's Column
 
 SPECIAL REPORTS
 Afsatu Kabba
 
 FEATURES
 
 ENTERTAINMENT
 
 PROFILES
 Role Models
 Awareness Lady
 Common Man
 
 THE ECONOMY
 
 NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
 Special Messages
 Legal Matters
 Obituaries
 
 PAID SUPPLEMENTS
 
 ADVERTISEMENTS
 
 SATIRE
Search


Published online by
Sylvia Blyden Dot Com

17 Garrison Street,
Freetown,
Sierra Leone.
Tel: +232-77-772001
Tel: +232-88-321000
Tel: +232-76-350077
Tel: +232-30-321001
Email:
editor@news.sl
Website:
www.awarenesstimes.com

NEWS : Local News  

Sierra Leone News : Airtel Fined $1.2million by Strict NATCOM
By Abdul Malik Bangura
Mar 14, 2016, 12:06
Email this article
 Printer friendly page

The Chairman of the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) has, in a no-nonsense mood, during a press conference on Friday 11th March 2016, informed journalists that a fine of 1.2 million dollars has been levied on one of Sierra Leoneís leading GSM providers, Airtel, for poor quality providence and poor network availability.


The fine is supposed to be paid within 7 working days.


Whilst making his statement, NATCOM Chairman Mr. Momoh Konte said that the two leading providers: Airtel and Africell, had earlier promised a strong commitment to maintain mobile phone networks services in Sierra Leone at International Telecommunications Union Standard(ITU). He said the companies reiterated their commitments to delivering ITU Standard Quality of Service and to continue the expansion and modernization of their mobile voice and data network all over the country. He also said that both operators shared details of their projects already under implementation to achieve their objectives.


Speaking sternly, Mr. Konte lamented that Airtel did not keep to its stated commitments or its stated projects under implementation.


Mr. Konte said therefore that in line with the agreement to maintain Sierra Leone mobile network service at international levels that the Commission through consultations with its Engineering Department found that Airtel is not providing the quality of services it should.

 

After the department discovered the lapse, they held a meeting where they deliberated and came to conclusion that based on their statutory powers, they should fine Airtel. Therefore, the appropriate department calculated that the fine should be 1.2 million dollars.


The NATCOM Chairman emphasized the importance and need for quality mobile network service all over the country especially rural coverage, and the expansion of 3G services. He said that will accelerate the socio-economic development of the country.


All efforts to get Airtel to react to the fine, proved fruitless as none of the spokespersons were available for comment. However, in a press release issued on Friday 11th March, 2016, Airtel SL says it has made deliberate efforts in improving the Quality of Service (QoS) on their network. The press release states that they will continue to be in discussion with their key stakeholders, including the industry regulator, NATCOM, to explore ways of enhancing the customer experience on their network within Sierra Leone.


© Copyright by Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Top of Page

Latest Headlines
NEWS
Sierra Leone Census News : North 2.5m = 36%, East 1.6m = 23%, West 1.5m = 21%, South 1.4m = 20%
Sierra Leone News : 60% Salone Women live in Rural Areas & President wants better Social Services for them- Hon. Blyden tells Tonkolili
Sierra Leone News : Former Chief of Defence Staff of RSLAF Shot Dead
EDITORIALS
Sierra Leone: Why Always Port Loko? Why? Why?
$200,000 AFCOM Scandal: Why VP Foh Must Be Very Careful
Front Page Editorial Advise... Tiffy Tiffy AFCOM's $200,000 Fake VSAT Contract & Hon VP Foh
FROM OUR TEAM
Sierra Leone: Unwrapping Yasmin Jusu Sheriff
COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Sierra Leone: Mamie Samís Surgery; A Case of Julius Spencer turning a Criminal to an Hero
President Koroma governs Sa. Leone by example as he travels on economy class to and from China
Why is PEC Deceiving Public?Trumpeting Deceit and Propaganda against EDSA and the Energy Ministry is Distasteful.
SPECIAL REPORTS
Sierra Leone Cabinet Minister Calls On Police to Investigate Conspiracy to Defraud Donor Funds
FEATURES
Sierra Leone Social Welfare Deputy Calls Up Bizarre Press Conference
Who is Theresa May: A Profile of UK's New Female Prime Minister
Quotable Quote: Kamarainba on Dr. Sylvia Blyden
ENTERTAINMENT
No articles available.
PROFILES
OJU Wilson - Your contribution to the Human Rights Struggle and the Rule of Law will never be forgotten
Sierra Leone Politics : Alhaji Osman Foday Yansaneh, a Muslim Steering an all-inclusive APC Secretariat
TRIBUTE TO DR. V R WILLOUGHBY
THE ECONOMY
No articles available.
NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Press Release by the All Aspirants Alliance of the Sierra Leone Peopleís Party (SLPP)
Government of Sierra Leone Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender & Children's Affairs (MSWGCA) PRESS STATEMENT FROM THE MSWGCA ABOUT THE DISCHARGE OF MAMIE SAM ON FRIDAY 16TH DECEMBER 2016.
Presidential Address delivered by His Excellency the President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma on the occasion of the State Opening of the Fifth Session of the Fourth Parliament of the Second Republican of Sierra Leone
PAID SUPPLEMENTS
No articles available.
ADVERTISEMENTS
No articles available.
SATIRE
RETRACTION!!

Copyright © 2005 - 2010, Awareness Times Sierra Leone; All Rights Reserved.
Hosted & Designed by West Africa Dot Net