- promises Deputy Information Minister
April 13, 2015 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
Deputy Minister of Information and Communications has promised that the entire country would enjoy full-fledged fibre optic operation by 2017.
Delivering the keynote address at a ceremony to mark the blowing of a 400km fibre optic cable that will connect Lungi, Port Loko, Makeni, Koidu city, Ferengbeya, Bumbuna and Kabala, among others, Theo Nicol said the project would increase internet speed and enhance communications services across the country when completed.
The event took place on Thursday 9 April in Lungi.
The ceremony, which was aimed at showcasing the fibre optic project that is being implemented by the Chinese company Huawei Technology, was graced by traditional authorities, representatives of government, officials of Huawei Technology and the media.
Mr. Nicol expressed his ministry’s delight with the performance of the Chinese company and recalled the promise of President Ernest Bai Koroma while campaigning for his second and final term in office that he would provide reliable, affordable and quality communications services.
“This project will reduce cost of internet services by half. For now, those with computers can connect to the fibre line upon its completion this month,” he said.
Chief Technology Officer in the Ministry of Information and Fibre Optic Project Coordinator, James Kanja Cobba, said the project has several components including survey, mobilization of human resources, civil works and blowing of cable through underground duck onto the station.
According to him, the fibre cable is delicate, thus requires maximum protection. When completed, he said, the project would improve information and communication technology as well as help users of internet services to experience smooth browsing across the country.
He disclosed that the project, which started about a year ago, would be commissioned on 27 April to mark the country’s 54th independence anniversary.
Also, Director of Communications in the Ministry of Information, Bakarr Tarawallie, said one of the priorities of the government is the provision of quality communication services to all and sundry.
“To this end, the government launched two projects: Eco One and the Fibre Optic,” he said. “The Port Loko connection was not part of the initial project but government has to rationalize the entire project plan in order to ensure that the entire country is connected.”
On his part, Technical Manager of Huawei Technology, Daniel Vidzah, explained that they have two teams that are covering 9km a day, and promised that quality work would be done to meet the targeted date.
Chiefdom Speaker of Kaffu Bullom, Pa Komrabai Kamara, underlined that his people appreciated the fibre optic project, which he said they have been yearning for.
He assured that they would provide the required security to ensure a smooth completion of the project.