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Liberia breaks new telecommunication grounds with her entrance into ACE Consortium and the signing of the Construction and Maintenance Agreement in Paris

25 African Countries met in Paris for the signing of the ACE Construction and Maintenance Agreement contract with France Telecom on Saturday, June 5, 2010.

Ben Wolo signing for the Cable Consortium of Liberia (CCL)

The Construction and Maintenance Agreement (C&MA) was signed at the EIFFEL tower in Paris with French and African Officials present. At the signing ceremony, the Liberian delegation included, Senator Gbonzonga Findley, chairman of the Post and Telecommunication committee in the senate, LTA Chairperson, Madame Angelique Weeks, LTA Commissioner Harry Yuan, LIBTELCO Managing Director, Ben Wolo who signed on behalf of the Cable consortium of Liberia, LIBTELCO Board Member Ciata Victor, and Lonestar Representative Nathaniel Ejiogu Kevin.

The station landing in Liberia will be owned by a Special Purpose Vehicle called the Cable Consortium of Liberia, (CCL) a newly incorporated consortium comprising of LIBTELCO, LONESTAR and CELLCOM.

The ACE (Africa Coast to Europe) submarine cable which is more than 17,000 kilometers in length, will connect 25 countries including Liberia, along the West coast of Africa, from Morocco to South Africa and will provide broadband interconnection to global telecommunications and ICT networks. "The submarine fiber optic cable when deployed will provide improved and faster service to mobile phone and Internet users. It will also improve productivity; enhance Liberia's educational, financial and commercial sectors including benefit to e-government and e-health.

ACE which will bring global broadband connectivity to Liberia is scheduled for commercial use in 2012. Liberia joins Gambia, Sierra Leone and Guinea in west Africa to connect for the first time to a submarine fiber optic system.

The world bank helped to facilitate the funding process for 3 west African nations, including Liberia.

Ben Wolo LIBTELCO Managing Director, Boutheina Guernazi World Bank and Senator Gbonzonga Findley chairman of the Post and Telecommunication committee in the senate

Liberian Delegation to Paris with Yves Ruggeri (France Telecom), from left to right Nathaniel E. Kevin, Ciata Victor, Gbonzonga Findley, Angelique Weeks, Harry Yuan and Ben Wolo


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