QCELL Mobile Network in Sierra Leone to compete – says CEO Mohamed Jah

Abdul Malik Bangura

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 7 August 2017

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of QCELL Mobile Network has assured that his mobile company is coming to Sierra Leone to compete in a very healthy manner.

Mr. Mohamed Jah who was speaking to newsmen on Friday 4th August, 2017, at his company’s headquarters in King Harman Road, Freetown, said: “QCELL commenced operations in The Gambia in 2009 as the fourth operator, coming into the market some 13 years after the then leading operator.

“Many observers and players in the market did not believe that we stood a chance in what was a market dominated by two major players. However, due to our excellent quality service, deep concern for the interest of the consumers and strong corporate social responsibility, today we are not only recognised as the number one operator in The Gambia, but we are also the biggest employer, the highest tax payer and the most compliant operator in the country.”

Hence, he said that the Government of Sierra Leone has given them the license to operate Sierra Leone.

He assured that they are starting work within the shortest possible time; and that already, his team of technicians is in Sierra Leone to underscore the terrains of operation, so that QCELL would be able to cover the entire country within the shortest possible time.

Expanding on his personal choice for choosing to operate in Sierra Leone, Mr. Jah further stated that Sierra Leone is a personal journey for him, and that he chose Sierra Leone because he wants to give back to the country from which he and many of his compatriots have taken so much from.

Mr. Jah added: “I have only one University degree-a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering specialising in Electronics from Fourah Bay College (FBC), University of Sierra Leone. I include my compatriots, because the two members of my team present here –Mr. Essa Faal (Lawyer) and Mr. Nuha Marenah-Banker, like me are also graduates of FBC.

“It is the education that I obtained from Sierra Leone that has prepared me for my achievements in life. Sierra Leone is also a second home for me and for many Gambians.

“Here, we were never seen or treated like foreigners. In fact, at the University of Sierra Leone Gambian students were treated like home students paying the same fees as Sierra Leoneans. So we are part of you. Sierra Leone is home for us”.

Mr. Jah said he believes that Sierra Leoneans deserve a better mobile telecommunication service than they are getting now. He said he is determined to contribute in changing the aspect of poor network in Sierra Leone.

He stressed: “I also promise you that pretty soon you will notice a big difference from what you have now. I have done it in my native Gambia. I am now fully committed to do the same thing in my second home – Sierra Leone; not just in telecommunication, but also in other businesses.

“It is my way of giving back to this country that I owe so much to. It is also my way of trying to inspire young Sierra Leoneans to be hard working and become high achievers. I believe that if a young boy from The Gambia can come to Sierra Leone and acquire the education that helped him succeed to the extent of owning a multinational company among many other companies, then young Sierra Leoneans can also rightly believe that they can do the same. I dared to dream big and have achieved. They too can,” Mr. Jah assured.

Mr. Jah thanked President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma and the entire Government of Sierra Leone for the opportunity accorded to them. He also thanked President Adama Barrow of the Gambia for his unflinching support to their efforts in contributing to Africans developing Africa.

Meanwhile, it could be recalled that QCELL was the first GSM Company to launch the fourth generation mobile technology, 4G LTE Mobile Service in The Gambia.

This was a ground-breaking product that changed the way people access the internet and ensure the continuous development of the ICT sector in The Gambia. Mr. Jah promises similar goodies for Sierra Leone.


  1. We Heartily Welcome You To Our Country. The People Of Kangahun, Kaiyamba Chiefdom, Moyamba District Along The Main Route To Sierra Rutile Company Are In Dire Need Of A Communication Mast. You Will Have Lots Of Customers In And Around That Community. R

  2. Is really nice that we have people like you who have the general populace at heart and have humanitarian feeling for all classes of people not like others who only care for themselves. May God continue to guide you and bless you us all

  3. Thank you Mr. Jah for not only bringing the Mobile Network in Sierra Lorne, but the fact that you are proud of our educational system that has equipped you to reach your height today. Also thanks to the management and staff of Qcell, we hope this will be a sustainable one. I also believe that Qcell is not here to overthrow the other Networks, but to be a competitor and also to win the market through their quality service.

    Lastly, we had had many Mobil companies who came in the name of business, but technically, they came to cleanse their monies and then left. We hope Qcell is not the same.

  4. Qcell will surely lead just wait and see Inshallah.This company is not selfish but works in accordance with the interest of the people. In addition it has a good quality service. I give special thanks to Mr Muhammed Jah, very creative, inspiring, determined and hard-working.

  5. You’re Welcome Brother Jah, we pray that this your goodwill company achieve it’s goal and be the strongest, fastest and cheapest mobile company in Sierra Leone.

  6. The government and the people of Sierra Leone have all welcomed Mr. Jah, his colleagues and QCELL. Everybody is saying nice things about QCELL. Nice. Mr. Jah should be very gratefully and lucky to operate in a country that welcomes everybody who wants to come and settle without scratching their heads for obtaining a work permit or making work permit an issue. There are a lot of Sierra Leoneans in the Gambia who have problems in obtaining a work permit. This work permit issue is of great concern to them.

    Although the work permit issue concerning Sierra Leonean in The Gambia has nothing to do with Mr. Jah and his company’s operation in Sierra Leone, it is very important for Gambians to know that the people of Sierra Leone especially those living in the Gambia are not happy with the work permit bureaucracy problems. Sierra Leoneans are really struggling with this issue in the Gambia. Something has to be done sometime down the road.
    However, we welcome QCELL to Sierra Leone.

    LONG LIVE SIERRA LEONE and its PEOPLE for their generosity and at all times.

  7. We are hoping Qcell comes in and makes changes where others have failed, in the lives of Sierra Leoneans.

  8. Qcell…the trend of competition is not going to be easy for you. But if you want to survive you have to use the SWOT analysis or PESTLE to make it…

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