5 February 2013

Sierra Leone: MP Slams Telcoms

Mobile telecom companies in Sierra Leone Tuesday came under serious bashing from the Paramount Chief and Member of Parliament representing Tonkolili district over their poor service delivery and high tariffs to customers.

Hon. Bai Kurr Kanagbaro Sanka III stated that GSM operators are concentrating on how to make profits instead of seeking the interest of their customers, and urged members for the Committee on Information and Communications to immediately summon all mobile phone companies to explain the reason why their networks continue to depreciate.

There have been several criticisms from civil society groups, customers and the media regarding poor networks and high charges on calls by mobile companies with some of them calling on the authorities concerned to suspend operators found wanting.

According to Hon. Sanka III, the National Telecommunications Act must be amended because the country is too small to allow many mobile companies to operate.

"It is better for one mobile company to operate in the country with quality network than three or more companies with poor network facilities," he noted.

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