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 fibre optic submarine cable through the Africa Coast to Europe terrestrial infrastructure with state of the earth facilities at the submarine fibre optic cable landing station in Freetown and network operations Centre in Jui and and other ADM stations across the country.
Mobile phone companies are to upgrade their systems with new technology and equipments to be able to make maximum use of the information super highway fibre optic infrastructure that has been provided by government to boost the telecommunications industry and make life better for its citizens. SALCAB sells bandwidth Internet to all mobile network operators and Internet service providers such as Onlime, Diakem etc. All Internet connectivity in Sierra Leone is powered by SALCAB via the Fibre.
But investigation revealed that as at now, the facilities are underutilized. MNOs and ISPs are to invest in new technology to link up with the fibre for cheaper voice and data calls, it creates opportunities for learning, businesses and agricultural productivity.
Fibre optic is preferred to satellite because fibre travels through the speed of light whilst satellite is through waves which is easily affected by weather SALCAB also supports government with various MDAs Internet connectivity to fast track government work.
Schools and universities are about to be connected freely by SALCAB with supports from the World Bank to be followed by hospitals.
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