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Airtel’s Technology Complements NGO’s in the North

Airtel’s Technology Complements NGO’s in the North

The Virtual Private Network (VPN) service of airtel has proved fruitful for Non-Governmental Organizations, a success story being Caritas in Makeni. Caritas has achieved cost savings in communication costs through airtel’s voice VPN service; whether inter branch/office calls or calls among employees. This ‘Bundle Package Plan’ is part of the company’s desire to meet the needs of its numerous subscribers in the country. The solution works like a Wireless intercom system connecting all your branches and relevant staff within and across cities where airtel has presence. This way, airtel switch will act as your nationwide PABX where airtel coverage is ensured.

Mobile lines may also be activated for key and relevant personnel of your company and a number of lines on your PABX, provision the lines on the same VPN (CUG) to enable free call among themselves and the branches/Headquarters. This will lead to increased efficiency and huge cost savings.

This service is very essential as staff members will not necessarily require airtime on their phones to make calls within registered members of the group (official calls).  Airtel charges Le 30,000 on monthly basis per line for 2 to 20 subscribers per group. While 21 to 49 subscribers per group is billed Le 24,000, and 50 lines plus per group is Le 20,000.

Mr. Joseph Turay, Director and Administrative Head of Caritas Makeni stated that “the VPN helps us to cut the cost in terms of travel and it’s also strengthening the pastoral work of the priests in the Makeni Diocese, Northern Province. This service connects staff of Caritas Makeni, University of Makeni, staff of Radio Maria, the Holy Spirit Hospital management staff, the Bishop of Makeni and all his parishes in his 22 Diocese in the region”.  He further stated that, the service has enabled Doctors and staff of the Holy Spirit Hospital to easily respond to emergency situations as vital information can be communicated at no charge.

“It has contributed greatly in enhancing efficiency in the educational system in the University of Makeni as tele-conferencing has helped in disseminating value resources over great distances without consuming top up voucher”, said Patrick Kamara, airtel’s Corporate Sales Manager.

Bishop George Biguzi of Makeni stated that his priests can now reach one another to share and learn from their pastoral experiences.” The service has enabled me to fully respond to the needs of my pastoral work”, he further said. He also noted that, the service helps Radio Maria to respond to emergency cases in the North.   

Caritas Makeni is an emergency relief and development agency of the Catholic Diocese of Makeni in the North.  It aims to support the efforts of disadvantaged and less privileged people in order for them to support their own development irrespective of creed, tribe, gender or race and hence promoting the common good and the dignity of the human person. Airtel’s virtual Private Network (VPN) has eased the work of Caritas with its partners in the whole of the North.

The voice VPN solution can also run along with the following range of value added services like; Call conferencing, Call forwarding, Outgoing call barring and many more. For more information and how to receive the service, please contact the Corporate Sales Manager, airtel Sierra Leone Headquarters, Wilberforce Freetown.

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