From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Local News
In Sierra Leone, New Mobile Network Emerges
By Bampia Bundu
May 4, 2011, 17:08

A new GSM service provider, Intergraph Telecom, will soon start operations in Sierra Leone, said the companyís Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Wassim Dabbous. In a press conference held at the companyís Lumley Road office in Freetown recently, Mr. Dabbous told journalists that they would soon hit the market with their new network to contribute to the economic growth of the country through investment in new technology with wide range of services. He said their innovation known as Smart Mobile is taking one step ahead combining GSM and WCDMA technologies that will pose great challenge to existing networks thereby urging them to invest in the 3G technology.

Mr. Dabbous disclosed that their promising network will also soon be launched in Tanzania, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, adding that they have already succeeded in countries like Cambodia and Burundi.

Speaking at the occasion, the Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo buttressed that no other company has introduced 3G technology yet in the country. He referred to the development as a right step in line with the vision of President Koroma to change the face of communication in the country. He however admonished the operators to go by the rules and regulation of NATCOM as a responsible company.

Chairman of the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), Siray Timbo also expressed happiness over the new development. He said as a regulatory institution, NATCOM will always provide a level ground for all mobile networks in the country. He took the opportunity to once more welcome Intergraph Telecom to Sierra Leone. He however, also urged them to work within the limits of the law.

The occasion was chaired by veteran footballer, Mohamed Kallon.

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