WARCIP Updates on ACE Fibre Optic Project
The West African Regional Communications Infrastructure (WARCIP), Sierra Leone’s Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) Submarine Fibre Optic Cable ongoing project, called a press conference on Friday September 28th, at the landing site Lumley Beach-Road to update the media on the development of the project.
Speaking at the conference, project coordinator, Mr. Julius Kamara said the project is not a white elephant project as many comments by detractors of the nation suggest, he noted that the project will soon be a reality for all to benefit from. He called on members of the fourth estate to conduct a visit to the project site to see the developmental milestone the project had reached.
Julius Kamara maintained that the country is far ahead in its ACE project, citing the display of achievements by the project, through computer display technological presentation PowerPoints showing equipments, generators, and the project site where the project is currently building a 60 meter tower called the Point of Aggregation, that which will source other companies that seek the services from the ACE cable.
He also noted that the project is 100% government owned, but was also funded by the World Bank, noting that government in its dictates of agreement with its funding partners should sell 51% percent shares to commercial service providers.
He said further that currently the nation is online to its parent body in France, but argued why it has not been connected to its principal source of telecommunication – which is due to test perfecting the project without set-back.
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