The nation’s telecommunication company- Sierratel will be rolling out its revived wireless network soon with the arrival of $20 million worth of Chinese equipment.
The company “is expecting to make a frog leap” to meet the pace of its competitors with its Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) 2000, Fixed Wireless Terminals (FWT) and EVDO X1 terminals, the company’s acting director of commercial services, Julius Kamara disclosed.
Over the years untimely revenue collections has added to the numerous factors that crippled the operations of the company, but with this approximately $20 million Chinese loan Mr Kamara disclosed that “the system is going to be fully prepaid.”
He noted that pre-paid system “is much easier for revenue collection,” adding that “it eliminates bad debts.”
To meet with the current tariff of its competitors, Mr Kamara disclosed that with the inception of this new system “the company is going to operate on the concept of movable scale…”
He disclosed that this new system will start selling its services come September this year as “we are now strengthening our microwave backbone and increasing the number of our towers.”
Installation of the equipment which arrived at the Queen Elizabeth II quay, last Thursday will be done by its Chinese manufactures progressively from Freetown to the provincial cities and subsequently nationwide.