Huawei, Sierra Leone Deepen Partnership; Exim Bank to Fund Phase 2 of National Fiber Optic Backbone Project

On Sep­tem­ber 2, Sier­ra Leone Cable Net­work signed a $30 mil­lion loan agree­ment with the Export-Import Bank of Chi­na to finance the con­struc­tion by Huawei of the sec­ond phase of its nation­al fiber-optic back­bone project.  Once com­plete, the project will allow for telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions oper­a­tors to offer 3G and 4G ser­vices.  The first phase of the fiber optic back­bone project was also imple­ment­ed by Huawei, report­ed­ly as part of a broad­er scheme sup­port­ed by the World Bank and Eco­nom­ic Com­mu­ni­ty of West African States (ECOWAS) to expand dig­i­tal access through­out the region.  Huawei and Sier­ra Leone have a his­to­ry of work­ing togeth­er, includ­ing an MoU from Sep­tem­ber 2018 cre­at­ing a strate­gic part­ner­ship in the field of infor­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­o­gy (ICT) indus­try in gen­er­al.  Short­ly before the sign­ing of the MoU, Pres­i­dent Boh vis­it­ed Huawei’s Bei­jing offices, where he met with Chair­man of the Super­vi­so­ry Board of Huawei Li Jie.