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NATCOM Deserves Praise, Not Condemnation

NATCOM Deserves Praise, Not Condemnation

It is unfortunate that the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) even though it is is bending backwards to ensure that the average Sierra Leonean enjoys the full benefits of affordable, reliable and sustainable telecommunication and internet services, there are detractors bent on reversing the good works of the NATCOM Chairman Ing. Momoh Konte (in photo) and his team.

This comes against the backdrop of a recent meeting hosted by Sierra Leone Cable Limited (SALCAB) to update the general public through the media about recent developments at SALCAB, the challenges and the way forward for the company.

It was pointed out by SALCAB Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Alhaji Salieu Mansaray that with the landing of the submarine fiber optic, telecommunication procedures, processes and systems all across the country are being upgraded; areas which never had telecommunication facilities are currently being connected, while tariff and related matters are being appropriately handled by the national telecom regulator NATCOM.

He noted that SALCAB is an autonomous body which seeks to provide wholesale service in saleable megabytes to companies that are certified and registered by NATCOM.

Apparently, after the disclosure by the SALCAB CCO, Alhaji Salieu Mansaray, some sections of the media are attempting to paint SALCAB in bad light.

It could be recalled that SALCAB was set up by an Act of Parliament to manage and distribute fiber optic service to registered entities with the telecom regulator NATCOM. It appears however that because SALCAB CCO, Alhaji Salieu Mansaray made references to NATCOM being the entity that deals directly with mobile phone operators and controls payment of dues, taxes and levies, a section of the media is deliberately spreading lies about the operations of SALCAB and NATCOM, or is attempting to trivialize the genuine efforts of the hard working NATCOM Chairman Momoh Konteh and his team.

In all fairness to NATCOM, the control and management of mobile phone operators has never been better. It is with Momoh Konte that we are today enjoying mobile phone benefits that were once beyond our reach or shrouded in secret arrangements.

Thankfully, NATCOM under Momoh Konte is a credible national entity which seeks first the interest of the ordinary Sierra Leonean before the interest of the mobile phone operators.

By Ranger

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