Monopoly fixed line network operator Sierra Leone Telecommunications Company (Sierratel) has launched a 3G CDMA network in the country with help from Chinese equipment vendor Huawei. The project was funded through a loan from the China Import-Export (Exim) Bank and complements the telco’s existing infrastructure with an extra 100,000 lines in Freetown and 14 other cities. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Sierratel accepted delivery of network equipment worth USD16.5 million from the Chinese government in June 2008, and two months later began testing the new network.
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