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Sierra Leone - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
[March 18, 2022]

Sierra Leone - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses


Sydney, March 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Just released, this edition of BuddeComm report outlines the latest developments and key trends in the telecoms markets. - https://www.budde.com.au/Research/Sierra-Leone-Telecoms-Mobile-and-Broadband-Statistics-and-Analyses/?utm_source=GNW


There is effective competition in the mobile market between Africell and Orange Sierra Leone, though minor operators have struggled to gain traction. Intergroup Telecom failed to cover running costs, and stopped operating in late 2017. Comium Sierra Leone had its operating licence suspended in October 2014, and closed down in early 2016. QCell received a licence to operate mobile services in October 2018 and launched services in the following year. However, when the regulator reduced the price floor for voice calls by 9% in 2020, though intended to reduce the cost of services for end-users, the MNOs responded by ending a range of offers and unlimited packages which had allowed subscribers to make cheap phone calls. Many customers were thus angered by the reduced pricing, and QCell in particular was afected since from the outset its has sought to gain market share byoffering generous packages, and undercutting its competitors.




Africell was the first network operator to launch LTE services in Sierra Leone, in January 2018. It was followed by Sierratel soon afterwards, covering a wide area of the country, while Orange Sierra Leone launched its LTE service in March 2019.

Although there is no 5G service as yet, Africell in mid-2021 signed a vendor agreement to develop a 5G-network across its markets, including those in Sierra Leone, the DRC, Uganda, and Gambia. At such time as 5G services materialise, data services are expected to remain prohibitively expensive given that the publicly-owned SALCAB operates connectivity to the ACE cable system as well as the national fibre backbone at far below capacity. This has kept access pricing unduly high, and has thus retarded growth in the use of mobile data.



Key developments:

  • Africell contracts Aviat Networks to develop 5G networks across its markets, including Sierra Leone;
  • Government prompting private enterprise to get involved with the state-owned network provider SALCAB;
  • Completed cable link connecting Sierra Leone and Guinea providing internet redundancy;
  • Regulator selects Subah Infosolutions Ghana to manage the international gateway;
  • Report update includes operator data to Q2 2021, regulator’s latest telecom market report, updated Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of the pandemic on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.


Companies mentioned in this report:


Sierra Leone Telecommunications Company (Sierratel), Bharti Airtel (Zain, Celtel), Comium, Africell (Lintel), Millicom (Tigo), Cellcom, LapGreen (Ambitel, GreenN), Access Point Africa, Afcom, African Information Technology Holdings (AITH), Onlime (LimeLine).


Read the full report: https://www.budde.com.au/Research/Sierra-Leone-Telecoms-Mobile-and-Broadband-Statistics-and-Analyses/?utm_source=GNW


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