Aside from a total of 662 (six hundred and sixty two) direct jobs, Airtel (Orange Sierra Leone) has created 16,000 (sixteen thousand) indirect jobs in Sierra Leone. This makes Airtel the biggest employers in the private sector in Sierra Leone.
Airtel’s Project Manager, Engineer Desmond, Macfoy told the Global Times last week, that the company is (was) in the process of overhauling their entire network infrastructure across the county. “As I speak to you, we are building and inaugurating new tower sites across the country…We intend to build 33 (thirty three) new tower sites across the country”, Engineer Macfoy said.
He told the Global Times that work is progressing rapidly across the country and very soon, subscribers will stop complaining about poor network because quality of service will improve.
Some people in the areas where Airtel have built and inaugurated their new tower sites have started feeling the impact of the massive change that are currently taking place.
“Work has started and it is ongoing… We are not going to relent until we reach every nook and corner of this country”, Engineer Macfoy promised.
This year, Airtel (Orange) is investing US$33m (thirty three million United States dollars) in Sierra Leone in overhauling their network infrastructure, according to the company’s young and dynamic CEO (Chief Executive Officer), Sekou Drame.
In an exclusive interview with the Global Times last week, Mr. Drame assured that, they are here for the long run. “We don’t intend to cut and run…That is why we are doubling our investments in Sierra Leone”, Mr. Drame said.
Airtel ((Orange Sierra Leone) is the largest tax payer company in the private sector in Sierra Leone. “In 2016, we paid to the Government of Sierra Leone the sum of Le102 Bn (One hundred and two Billion Leones) in taxes, social security contributions, licences and regulatory fees”, Mr. Drame disclosed.
The Chairman of NATCOM, Momoh Konte told newsmen in Freetown recently that, they as referees (NATCOM) will continue to work in the interest of both subscribers and operators.
He called on mobile operators to continue to upgrade their network infrastructure so that subscribers will get value for money.
Mr. Konte’s key priority has been rural connectivity. “I want to ensure that by the time I leave NATCOM, every nook and corner of Sierra Leone is connected to the global communications network through voice and data”, Mr. Konte said.