As SALCAB Steps Up… 260G Data Fibre Optic Boost Soon


By Thomas S. Kembay

The Managing Director of Sierra Leone Cable Limited (SALCAB), Ishmael Kebbay has disclosed that in the next couple of months the entire country will be upgraded from 83G to 260G data capacity.

He made this disclosure during the official launch of SALCAB’s new national fibre bundles at its cable landing site on Bendu Drive, off Beach Road, Lumley, last Friday, 16th November, 2018.

According to MD Kebbay the upgrading process is a significant win-win situation for the country and in line with the President’s agenda in driving the digital economy.

Added to that, he said, they will introduce new products including ‘Connect Plus’ which allows customers to have the opportunity to subscribe to IP transit in major cities with service quality match to what is currently offered at the cable landing station in Freetown.

The launching of the new national fibre bundles, he said, will allow clients to ride on the fibre cable to connect their backhaul base stations and enhance transmission and distribution of data.

Sierra Leone, at the moment, he said, has a cable over 1000km of fibre running from Freetown to Gendema, Masiaka to Gbalamuya, Makeni to Kono and SALCAB National Fibre Network covering major cities and towns including Freetown, Bo, Kenema, Makeni, Port Loko, Kambia, Kono, Mile 91, Tiama, Lungi, Waterloo, among others.

His administration, he said, has re-engineered the business model of the submarine and the terrestrial infrastructure which churned out 48% reduction in the cost of bandwidth for IP transit and IP lease circuits respectively since they took over.

He continued that despite the decrease in cost per bandwidth, they are aware of the fact that transmission and distribution of data remains a challenge for the service providers for which they designed and launched packages that enhance operators to transmit data using national fibre infrastructure. This, he said, will help operators to significantly reduce the cost of transporting data from SALCAB cable landing station to the last mile via the fibre ring at a cheaper cost than microwave delivery model and with higher bandwidth transportation in gigabyte.

Meanwhile, some 500 schools and universities in the country have been identified to be direct beneficiaries of the SALCAB new products and bundle promotion.