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LTA Grants LIBTELCO Operational License


  15 Octobre      15        Economie (10039),

   

MONROVIA, Oct. 14 (LINA) – The Board of Commissioners at the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has granted an operational license to the Liberia Telecommunication Corporation (LIBTELCO), empowering the entity to provide mobile services to the public.

Recently, LTA, the telecommunications regulatory body, has been in misunderstanding with Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) over the “illegal and arbitrary increase” in the cost of services (Voice and Data bundles).

The MNOs, especially Orange Liberia, argue that they were in compliance with the LTA Order 0016-02-25-19 which, according to them, adds “additional costs” through the surcharge imposition.

However, consumers of telecommunications services are patiently and anxiously awaiting the resolution of this row between the LTA and the MNOs which inferentially prompted their action to license LIBTELCO as a means of increasing consumer’s choice in determining the network of their convenience.

“MNO License signed by the LTA brings to three the number of GSM Service providers in the country,” a statement published here by the LTA noted.

The entity added that licensing LIBTELCO further means that the telecommunications service providers will now compete with Lonestar and Orange for a share in the local mobile market, by providing mobile services.

The LTA disclosed that the MNO license was signed on Friday, September 25, 2020 at LTA’s head office in Monrovia.

Meanwhile, scores of telecommunications users in the country have expressed gratitude over the decision of the LTA to grant LIBTELCO an MNO license on grounds that the entity has provided quality internet services in the country for a long time.

Speaking to the Liberia News Agency (LINA) in Monrovia, a service user identified as Khalid Sherman stated that the decision will help break the duopoly of MNO Service Provider which, according to him, will subsequently help the Liberian citizenry as well as other nationals in the country.

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