The Minister of Information and Communications, Mohamed Rado Swarray has said the Government is in the final stages of negotiations on a 30 Million Dollar Loan Agreement that will help connect various public places like schools, hospitals, colleges and among others to the Fiber cable, in fulfillment of the Governments promise to provide greater access to internet facilities for the people of Sierra Leone.
Speaking at the official Launching ceremony of the new 4G Network of ORANGE Mobile company, on Wednesday 26 March 2019, at the Raddison Blue Hotel in Freetown, the Minister said that they are committed to ensuring an affordable access to Communications Technology to every Sierra Leonean and that he was very happy to be at the launching ceremony of the ORANGE 4G digital network because it falls within their policy as a Government.
Aminata Kane, the CEO of ORANGE said that they have invested the sum of 50 Million Dollars in their system and have provided internet access to about 15 new cites, adding that the modernization and expansion of their network has led to the construction of 94 new sites across the country and the connection of 925 new localities with thousands of Sierra Leoneans now accessing data and voice services for the first time.
She said that their 4G network will help greatly with Internet Communication and that the country should be proud of receiving such an opportunity before the Republic Of Guinea, adding that consumers are assured of a truly high-speed broadband mobile internet and an unmatched life changing experience that will put digital communication completely within their control.
Madam Kane said that Orange will be the first Mobile company to bring actual 4G internet service for mobile subscribers in Sierra Leone and that people will now start experiencing the real thing and not what it is purported to be by other mobile companies, adding that the launch of their 4G will complement the Orange digital revolution launched in February 2019, which she said, saw the reduction of data costs by 50%.
“Orange remains committed to keeping its valued customers ahead through the provision of the latest technologies along with reliable and superior network quality. The real 4G has arrived so everyone should obtain a 4G compatible phone and swap their SIM to a 4G at any of our Orange shops or offices across the country to start enjoying the fun” she affirmed.
The CEO also promised investment in the country`s Education system, adding that they will be providing on-line Education tools that would boost standards of education in the country.