The Managing Director of Sierra Leone Cable Limited (SALCAB) Ishmael Kebbay Jr. has said that the Sierra Leone Cable Limited has re-engineered the business models of the submarine and the terrestrial infrastructure, which he affirmed has churned out a 48% reduction in the cost of bandwidth for IP transit and IP lease circuits respectively.
Speaking at their first press conference at their Lumley office in Freetown on Friday 23 November, 2018, Mr. Kebbay Jnr. said that they are officially launching their new national fiber bundles, adding that these offerings will allow their clients to ride on the fiber cable to connect their back haul base stations and enhance transmission and distribution of data.
Sierra Leone has over 1,000km of fiber optic cables running from Freetown to Gendema, from Masiaka to Gbalamuya, and from Makeni to Kono and everybody in Sierra Leone should be able to enjoy fast and cheap internet.
Ishmael Kebbay Jr. Managing Director of Sierra Leone Cable Limited (SALCAB)
“My administration has implemented steps to strengthen the business environment that we inherited and mitigate probable operational risks. We commissioned a baseline review and forensic audit of the entire business operations and network infrastructure immediately after I took over and the outcome of the audit will be shared with the relevant authorities.” Mr. Kebbay jnr. said.
He went further to say that they will continue to strengthen their business environment by rolling out critical financial controls policies and framework, human resource policies and strategic plans to attract rich industry talents and maintain a healthy staff retention rate.
“I believe in the value of talent to drive the holistic aspirations and my administration is aiming towards making SALCAB one of the best places to work.” He affirmed.
In his concluding statement, Mr. Kebbay Jnr. said that his dream of providing service is not limited to Sierra Leone only, as SALCAB has aspirations to offer services to the sub-region by attracting CAPEX investment that will allow SALCAB to deploy a second submarine cable that will serve as a redundancy to the ACE cable that is presently in use;
“This capability will enable us to offer regional redundancy service to Liberia, Guinea, and other markets through the ECOWEAN network.” He concluded.
Chairman of the Board of Directors of SALCAB, Sorie Fofanah, described the situation they inherited at SALCAB as “a total mess”, adding that the new management is now putting in place a robust system of accountability and establishing reporting lines in the management cadre.
He went on to say that their responsibility now is to clear the mess that was left behind by the previous management team, adding that they have recruited special auditors to help them do a proper audit of what they inherited.