Sierra Leone And China Sign $15 Million Fibre Optic Deal

Sierra Leone and China have signed a $15 million loan agreement for the installation of a fibre optic cable in a bid to boost Internet capabilities, the West African country’s national radio reported on Tuesday. According to AFP, the 17,000-kilometre-long (10,540-mile) submarine cable runs from Cape Town along the west coast of Africa, through Portugal and to France, connecting 21 countries, including 18 African countries. The cable was laid in Sierra Leone with the assistance of a $31 million load from the World Bank, and is expected to reduce the West African nation’s dependence on expensive satellite bandwidth for internet connections.

Source: AFP

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