December 7, 2016
One of the leading internet service providers, Onlime Sierra Leone, has on Friday launched its all –new and exciting Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) for the first time in the country.
With the launch of the new service, the company aimed at delivering a quality service to satisfy the most critical customers.
“The good news is that the home users can now benefit from the same quality at very competitive rates. Our enterprise VoIP solution is designed for business customers with our own inexpensive PBX and desk phone solution for their officers,” said management.
The company believes that a central point of contact is a must for all business and that such was now made possible through the new service and that: “At the same time we are launching the LimeySL App, a free download from Google Play or Apple Store for use on your smart phone, which is licensed only for use in Sierra Leone-no Sim-no extra phone.LimeySL is a free mobile application that combines the new and old ways of mobile calling and messaging. Smart phone users can download this app to make local and international calls at very competitive rates or message with other Onlime users for free.
According to them, they would adding exciting new features to the App over the next few months and that the first would be a live streaming of TV channels and in particular those from Sierra Leone ,which would be available for the first time to Sierra Leoneans living overseas.
“Calls from Onlime are connected through the internet (WI-Fi or 3G/4G) to other Onlime customers or to any traditional telephone network. Making calls with this App is simple, affordable and enjoyable for everyone, irrespective of who you want to call or where. That is why all calls between subscribers on the Onlime network are free of charge in Sierra Leone.”
“With Onlime VoIP you are not limited to calls to and from Onlime customers. You can call any fixed lines and mobiles in Sierra Leone as well as international fixed line and mobile customers at very competitive rates by purchasing Onlime credits.”
Speaking at the Launching ceremony held at the Radison Blu Hotel in Freetown, Managing Director of Onlime Sierra Leone,Foday Sankoh, said with their new service, there was no need for one to buy a new mobile phone, no need to get sim card, and that one should just download the App and be connected to the rest of the world with affordable local and international rates.
He dilated on the historical transformation of the internet, emphasising that while others across the world were progressing and forging ahead with the new phenomenon, it was after the election of President Ernest Bai Koroma in 2007 that saw a real transformation in the digital landscape in Sierra Leone.
“Immediately after his inauguration, His Excellency, the President pursued his vision to add Sierra Leone to the list of countries that were to benefit from the landing of the ACE Submarine Fibre Optic Cabl in Africa. Sierra Leone was 26 among other African countries to land fibre in 2012,” he said.
He noted that as a managing director of Onlime, it was his utmost desire to respond to the call of the president to liberate the people of Sierra Leone with their fantastic suites of products and services.
“We want to offer cheaper, affordable and universal access for every man, woman and child of our beloved country. I want to see every part ,every region ,district, provincial town and city connected to the internet. At Onlime, we want to revolutionalise and bridge the digital divide to see our people catching up and using Facebook ,Linkedln,Skype,Viber,Imo,Instagram and WhatsApp,” he said.
Chairman of the company, Staurt Bentham, said the launch of their new service marked the beginning of a step in the launch of the digital economy in Sierra Leone, and that their move would be part of a joint collaboration among all telecoms operators to make internet more widely available, particularly in schools.
“We believe that good internet access can be a key driver to create youth employment and we are very happy to support government initiatives to address that challenge,” he said.