Communications in Sierra Leone

The telecommunications in Sierra Leone consist of an estimated total of 25,000 main telephone lines in use as of 2001, and 17,000 as of 1995. An estimated 420,000 mobile cellular telephones were in use as of 2007. The telephone and telegraph services are marginal but improving. The national microwave radio relay trunk system connects Freetown to Bo and Kenema, with 5 mobile phone networks (GSM900) with national coverage. There is a satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean). There are an estimated 1.12 million radios and 53,000 televisions as of 1997, and two television broadcast stations as of 2006. There is an estimated 20,000 internet users as of 2001. The country code for top-level domains is .sl.

Telephone

Main lines in use

14,000 (2009)

Mobile phones in use

2 million (2009)

System

general assessment: marginal telephone service with poor infrastructure
domestic: the national microwave radio relay trunk system connects Freetown to Bo and Kenema; while mobile-cellular service is growing rapidly from a small base, service area coverage remains limited.
international: country code - 232 (2008)

Internet

Country code

.sl

Hosts

280 (2010)

Users

14,900 (2009)

Radio broadcast stations (AM 0, FM 16, and shortwave 0) according to 2006 data

  • [1] Commercial station on 104.9 MHz in Freetown and 102.3 MHz in Bo.
  • SLBS - Government broadcaster on 100.0 MHz (Freetown), Bo 96.5 MHz, Kenema 93.5 MHz, Makeni 88.0 MHz, Koidu 89.2 MHz and Kailahun.
  • BBC World Service 94.3 MHz (Freetown), 94.5 MHz Bo and 95.3 MHz Kenema.
  • RFI 89.9 MHz
  • UN Radio 103.0 MHz
  • BBN 93.0 MHz
  • Sky 106.6 MHz
  • Kalleon 105.7 MHz
  • VoH 96.2 MHz
  • Democracy 98.1 MHz
  • Citizen 103.7 MHz
  • VoA 102.4 MHz

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) according to 2008 data

  • Afcom
  • IPTEL
  • Lime Line
  • FGC Wireless
  • Sierra WiFi (2012)


This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.