Sierra Leone telcos regulator fines mobile firms US$1.3m

Sierra Leone’s telecommunication commission has levied fines totalling US $ 1,350,000 on all three mobile operators in the country for failing to meet key performance indicators as set by the regulatory body.

Orange was fined of $750,000, Africell $400,000 and Sierratel $200,000 during a recent meeting held at the regulatory body’s headquarters.

National Telecommunication Commission (NATCOM) took this action after all the companies failed to meet the performance indicators that they had agreed to. The fine comes after a four-month grace period given to them by the commission.

Mobile service users in Sierra Leone have been frustrated by problems such as drop calls, poor voice, weak data service and expensive data and call charges.

The three companies were yet to react to the Commission’s decision.