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Airtel Sets $25M for a Massive Network Infrastructure Growth in Salone

Airtel Sets $25M for a Massive Network Infrastructure Growth in Salone

Airtel, Sierra Leone’s award winning mobile telecommunication company of the year 2010 has embarked on super strategy to further expand its fast growing mobile network in the country. The company is currently targeting another one hundred new sites to be constructed in rural areas of the country. The initiative is to reinforce the company’s commitment in providing world-class mobile services to its customers throughout the country. The $25M project will help provide customers the best geographical spread as well as a network free from congestion.  (Photo: RVS Bhullar – Airtel Sierra Leone MD)

The company’s determination to increase the number of cell sites and coverage at both urban and rural areas is a landmark in improving the economy of the country.

In an interview with the CEO of airtel Anglophone Africa, Jayant Khosla stated that the company is highly determined to provide quality service for the average man in the country. “We are Pro-actively increasing coverage that will offer an unmatched network service in the country”, he further said. He also noted that, the company is currently constructing over twenty seven new sites in the country and more sites will be constructed in order to expand quality network coverage in the country.

This gigantic geographic expansion project will ensure that the network constantly stays congestion-free and airtel subscribers will enjoy an unmatched mobile network experience. In rural Sierra Leone, the need is more basic: Communication. An industry belief, for example, is that rural areas with its poor infrastructure, sparse population and large open spaces could not be a good telecom market. However, the very factors that did not lend themselves to ‘mobility’ supported a ‘communication’ paradigm, airtel has found. Airtel aims to give customers throughout Sierra Leone greater freedom by delivering available & affordable mobile communications for all.

With the completion of the twenty seven (27) new constructed cell sites, airtel network will be felt every where and will help boost the already one hundred and fifty nine (159) sites that are in existence in the country. The $25M project aims to improving quality service nation wide and that, the company is aiming to reach the least village in the country. In a bid to maintain its number one status, airtel is planning to have a total of three hundred (300) sites in the country.

“Sierra Leoneans should fell free to embrace the airtel brand as the company has started demonstrating its true strength in the market of mobile telecommunication in the country”, said Kelvin Kellie, airtel’s Head of Corporate Affairs and Communications. He also noted that, the company is planning to launch its (3G) third generation network in the country. He further emphasized that, the company is highly determined to expand its coverage into smaller towns and villages so as to bridge the digital divide in the country.

Also, the $25M sites construction project is a complete manifestation of the company’s number one status in the country. “We will continue to maintain our lead in the market”, said airtel Managing Director, RVS Bhullar. He also opined that, with a massive network expansion in the country, business connectivity will increase drastically. He also noted that, the project will provide more job opportunities for Sierra Leoneans.

Airtel embarked on the largest ever telecom takeover by an Indian firm in 2010 when it completed a transaction to buy Kuwait-based Zain Telecom’s businesses in 15 African countries for USD 10.7 billion.

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