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Alpha Kanu Says… “Gateway Monopoly Will Stay”

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Alpha Kanu Says… “Gateway Monopoly Will Stay”

The Minister of Information and Communications, Alhaji Alpha Kanu has told the Global Times, in an exclusive telephone interview that the international gateway monopoly granted to SIERRATEL will stay until the Telecommunications Act 2006 is amended. “The international gateway monopoly is an Act of Parliament… Until that Act is amended, the monopoly will have to stay”, the Minister said.
Hon. Alpha Kanu said that, the Government of President Ernest Bai Koroma was not opposed to the policy of liberalisation of the international gateway but, the right thing has to be done. “We have to go to Parliament very soon and amend the Telecommunications Act 2006 in order to create room for the liberalisation of the international gateway”, the Minister said.
Hon. Alpha Kanu said that the issues raised by the World Bank, who provided US$31M in 2009 for the landing of the submarine cable, were of great concern to the Government of Sierra Leone. He refused to comment on the future of SIERRATEL, if the gateway monopoly was removed from them.
It would be recalled that, in 2006, SIERRATEL contracted the services of Teltac, to manage the international gateway on their behalf.
A spokesman for SIERRATEL told the Global Times that Teltac was “managing the international gateway satisfactorily”.

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