Telecoms – In Brief


Sierra Leone’s state-owned incumbent wireline operator Sierratel has upgraded its fixed line infrastucture to support ADSL, domestic newspaper Awareness Times reports. Following the upgrade, the operator now offers end-users broadband access with maximum downlink speeds of 5Mbps, while the telco’s voice services have also been improved. Sierratel has installed nine exchanges in the western part of the country, with additional sites in Portloko, Makeni, Moyamba, Bo, Kenema, Koidu and Lungi, thus extending its footprint ‘almost nationwide’; the switches provide capacity of 50,000 telephone numbers and approximately 20,000 ADSL data connections.