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The ECOWAN & NFB project has as objective to deploy a terrestrial fiber backbone to take the huge traffic from the landing station to be distributed across the country. The ECOWAN & NFB network is an Open Access Neutral fiber network providing telecommunication operators with a full set of wholesale services, including National IPLC services, Ethernet services, IP transit and Internet services as well as Collocation services.
The Project includes two networks:

  • National Broadband Network
The total scope of the network is 35 sites across the city of Freetown and across Sierra Leone, with International Connectivity at the ACE Landing Station, and Regional connectivity with Liberia and the Republic of Guinea.
The structure of the networks is as follows:


Sierra Leone Cable Limited (SALCAB) is a wholly government owned Optical Fiber infrastructure company incorporated as a limited liability company in 2012, operating as a regulated wholesale bandwidth and other related value added services provider to the ICT Industry, generally aiming to make Broadband Internet affordable for all (government, individual households, small, medium and large businesses, educational institutions, health sector, hospitality industry, non-governmental organizations etc.).
SALCAB is the ACE Submarine Cable Landing Party in Sierra Leone responsible for the operation and commercialization of wholesale International Services on ACE Submarine Cable, as well as the Provising National Wholesale Services over the ECOWAN network.  


We bring value to our Society, through the innovative, Open Access, neutral and efficient management for the provision of wholesale national and international services in order to increase the access to the Internet and telecommunication services, while improving quality and reducing the costs


* S.Leone internet access currently slow, expensive
* World Bank providing $30 mln funding
* Barely 1 pct of 5.4 mln people have access (Adds quotes from ceremony)
By Simon Akam
FREETOWN, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Sierra Leone secured its first fibre optic connection to the outside world on Monday with the arrival of the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable in the capital Freetown.
Sierra Leone, which is still recovering from a devastating 11-year civil war that ended in 2002, is part of a dwindling group of countries still wholly reliant on highly expensive satellite bandwidth for internet connections.
Numerous studies have identified cheap and fast Internet as a factor that can boost a country’s economic growth.
Wearing a white baseball cap that bore the words “Fiber Landing”, Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma said the event was proof that his country was making progress.
“We are transforming because, as we are speaking, the only available communication outside Sierra Leone is through the satellite, and it is expensive, the quality is limited, and the capacity also has some limitations,” he told an event to mark the landing of the cable by Lumley Beach in western Freetown.
Gilbert Cooper, director of administration of the state-owned Sierra Leone Cable company that is landing the cable, said it would only become operational during the second half of 2012 as other preparations need to be completed first.
When complete, the 17,000-km (11,000-mile) ACE cable will run from France to South Africa, connecting 23 countries. The cable was launched by France Telecom as part of a consortium with telecom operators in participating countries.



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