The Sierra Leone Cable Limited (SALCAB) has on Wednesday 19th April 2017 engaged more than 20 civil society organizations and different media outlets (both Print and Electronic Media) to showcase and popularize the mostly anticipated Fiber Optics Cable in Sierra Leone and the role of SALCAB at the Golf Club in Lumley, west part of Freetown.
Given an overview of SALCAB and the Fiber Optics in Sierra Leone, the Managing Director of SALCAB, Mohamed Sheriff said SALCAB was established by government in 2009 due to the establishment of the Fiber Optics Cable in Sierra Leone, so as to serve as an agency that is charged with the responsibility of providing wholesale of the Fiber network service to other mobile service providers in the country.
He described the landing of the Fiber Optics Cable as a blessing to Sierra Leone as the country has joined the globe in internet connectivity. Mr. Sheriff continued that the Fiber Optic Cable is indeed a reality and it is fully in operation in the country.
In a Power Point Presentation on the Operational Model of SALCAB, Chief Commercial Officer of SALCAB, Alhaji Salieu Mansaray explained the important of the Fiber Optics Cable as compare to the Traditional Satellite means of communication. He underscored the need for Sierra Leonean to embrace Fiber Optics which he said is up and running. Mr. Mansaray continued that as at 2012, the country was paying betweens $2,500 to $8000 for a mega via satellite signals, but with the Fiber Optic Cable, it only costs $ 43 for an even higher mega.
He added that the Cable runs from Sierra Leone to the borders of Liberia and Guinea with discussions in progress for a united sub regional communications prizing so that we can make a call to Guinea, Liberia and Senegal, then get billed as local call. Alhaji Mansaray said all developed countries currently depend on fiber, Sierra Leone should not be an exception. He assured his audience that the Marine Fiber Layout is being monitored to prevent ships from dropping anchor and damaging the cable. He said, if such occurs, they will know who to hold accountable. He reiterated that SALCAB is a wholesaler of bandwidth capacity in the country. He added, they only sell to operators that are registered with NATCOM.
SALCAB Chief Commercial Officer disclosed that they are working to connect 10 Universities and Schools in the country reference to FBC, IPAM, CHOMAS, Njala University, Milton Margai College of Education and Technology to name but few. “Four secondary schools in the Western Area two from each province of the country, will also relate to fiber with free data provision,” he said. He ended that 73 out of the 110 Ministry Department Agencies, are now connected to fiber.
A conducted tour into the building that house the Fiber Optics Cable was led by SALCAB Managing Director, Mohamed Sheriff, the landing site of the cable.
The Operations Room, Equipment Room, Meeting Room, Transfer Room, Power Room to name but few, where toured. Mr. Sheriff underscored that they have four powered generators that supply 24hrs electricity to the building with support electricity from DESA. “In a case of outages or breakdown of all the four generators, we have backup batteries that will supply light for four hours” the MD ended.
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