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LIBTELCO Working With Google, C-Squared to Improve Liberia’s Internet Connectivity

Monrovia – The Managing Director of the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LIBTELCO) Dr. Darren Wilkins has said that LIBTELCO has a strategy to work with Google/C-Squared to deliver Internet services to Government and the people of Liberia.

Dr. Wilkins said that as the National Operator, LIBTELCO has a mandate as enshrined in the Telecommunications Act of 2007 and the National Telecommunications and ICT policy, to provide ICT services to Government and the people of Liberia. Read more...

Cyber Attacks - National Security and Economic Threats Lonestar Cell Warns, points fingers at competitors

Monrovia Liberia November 5, 2016- Lonestar Cell MTN has revealed that it is experiencing unprecedented and repeated cyber-attacks in the form of Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) from hackers sponsored by its competitors. The situation has caused intermittent service disruption in the delivery of the company’s data and other services.

The company in a statement said it is profoundly disturbing to find its competitors treading on such unorthodox practice that could have far reaching national security and economic implications.

“For the past weeks, we noticed a constant build-up of artificial volumes of data on our internet links. These artificial volumes are caused by malicious cyber activities that target our system with the aim of clogging or blocking connectivity in the network. However, we continued to react and restore service to each incident as it happens. From all indications, these attacks are only directed at Lonestar Cell MTN in the Telecommunications sector. These cyber activities coming from competitors have serious national security and economic implications.” Read more...

ALERT Liberia Under Cyber Attack: "Having problems with your Internet service in Liberia? Someone is using Mirai Botnet to shut down the Internet for an entire country: Liberia!

Someone is trying to take down the whole Internet of a country by launching massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks using a botnet of insecure IoT devices infected by the Mirai malware.

It all started early October when a cybercriminal publically released the source code of Mirai – a piece of nasty IoT malware designed to scan for insecure IoT devices and enslaves them into a botnet network, which is then used to launch DDoS attacks.

Just two weeks ago, the Mirai IoT Botnet caused vast internet outage by launching massive DDoS attacks against DNS provider Dyn, and later it turns out that just 100,000 infected-IoT devices participated in the attacks. Read more...

Connectivity in Liberia

Wednesday, 21st September 2016: -- President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf announced today at the USA-Africa Business Forum in New York, NY that as a part of their Public-Private Partnership initiative, Liberia will be collaborating with Google and USAID to bring best-in-class, reliable, affordable broadband infrastructure to Liberia’s capital city of Monrovia.

"Unfortunately, Liberia has one of the lowest internet penetration rates in the world and access to fiber connectivity costs significantly more than neighboring countries." said President Johnson-Sirleaf. "This initiative will expand connectivity by reducing costs of access and will play a vital part in the path forward to help Liberian youth fulfill the promise of a new generation. We expect this will boost the economy, support Telemedicine and connected health programs, as well as extended education resources in universities and primary school classrooms." Read more...

LIBTELCO'S Offer to Buy Novafone 'Off the Table'

Says Chairman Weeks; Denies Knowledge of Lonestar's alleged US$30 Million Bid to Buy Novafone.

The attempt by the Liberia Telecommunication Corporation (LIBTELCO) to purchase Novafone is "off the table," the Daily Observer has reliably learnt.

The Chairperson of the Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA), Ms. Angelique Weeks, told this newspaper in an exclusive interview yesterday that the LIBTELCO bid to buy Novafone will not hold because the deal is now "off the table."

Ms. Weeks declined to go into details about the failure of the deal to go through. She said she preferred the newspaper to contact directly the parties concerned and let them speak for themselves.

The Daily Observer contacted Mr. Abdullah L. Kamara, Novafone's Executive Vice President for Operations, to comment on the cancellation of LIBTELCO's purchase deal, but he said he "could neither confirm nor deny" that the deal was "off the table." Read more...

What’s Next For LIBTELCO

 By Ciata Victor

(Monrovia, May 3, 2016) Fiber optics especially at the physical layer is one of the things few Liberians truly understand.  I happened to be one of the few who do.    

Fiber Optics for Liberia has always been a passion for me, it why I studied network engineering in school, it was why I focused on the physical layer as a LAN / WAN Engineer before coming home in 2006, with the idea of helping Liberia acquire the technology.  

Since coming home I have written several articles about technology in Liberia and how different players were having both positive and negative effects on implementing ICT in Liberia.  Read more...

Something fishy about LIBTELCO proposed purchase of Novafone

"LIBTELCO cannot choose to invest in a failing mobile phone company for $30 million dollars while neglecting to invest in its basic infrastructure, a fiber distribution network for Monrovia the financial and political capitol of Liberia"

All around the city of Monrovia you see these large billboards with messages encouraging Monrovians to "Stop Corruption", and right under some of these billboards along Tubman Boulevard, are ducts belonging to LIBTELCO a company that is begging for an investigation.

In 2013 under the management of Ben Wolo, the Government of Liberia told LIBTELCO managing director and board that it did not have $7.5 Million Dollars to fund the construction of a Metropolitan Fiber Optic Network, which if funded would have been the starting investment in a fiber distribution network for Liberia. Read more

President Sirleaf Meets with Cellcom - Orange Delegation during a Courtesy Call

President Sirleaf listens attentively as the Cellcom - Orange delegation briefs her on developments thus far

(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Wednesday, February 3, 2016) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has welcome the proposal of Orange, through its subsidiary Orange Côte d’Ivoire, in acquiring 100 percent the Cellcom - Liberia subsidiary.

“We want to see this investment. We want to see you expand telecommunication services to our population and interconnectivity to our neighboring countries as well as the world,” she stressed, adding that her government encourages this partnership and investment which is good for Liberia.

The Liberian leader indicated that she expects that Orange will be good corporate citizens and do what they can as a partner to government, most especially in ensuring that employees are taken care of.

According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the assertion when a high-level delegation of Cellcom-Liberia and Orange paid her a courtesy call.

She hoped that both sides (Government and Orange) will work assiduously to meet the target date of February 9, 2016 to conclude the technical details of the agreement. Read more...

Orange will acquire 100% of the mobile operator Cellcom Liberia

Orange today announced it has entered into a firm agreement with Cellcom Telecommunications Limited

PARIS, France, January 12, 2016/ -- Orange (www.Orange.com) today announced it has entered into a firm agreement with Cellcom Telecommunications Limited to acquire, through its subsidiary Orange Côte d’Ivoire, 100% of Cellcom’s Liberia subsidiary, the leading mobile operator* in Liberia, with the strongest market commercial momentum.

Orange will provide its marketing expertise and world-class technical capability to further strengthen the network operator, enhance services to consumers and contribute to the economic growth of Liberia. Cellcom’s founders and employees will remain involved in the business to ensure a smooth integration, support performance and continue long-standing relations with the Government of Liberia.

This acquisition is part of the international development strategy of Orange, which aims to accelerate its growth by entering new emerging markets with high potential. This will enable Orange to strengthen its positions in Africa, which is a strategic priority for the Group.

Liberia is a country of over 4.3 million inhabitants, with a mobile penetration rate of 66%, lower than in many neighbouring countries. With a national mobile license and its significant market share in the country in number of subscribers, Cellcom has excellent potential for growth over the coming years.

The completion of the transaction remains subject to approval by the competent authorities. - The End -

LIBTELCO gets a new Managing Director

(Monrovia July 2014) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced Mr. Sebastian Muah as the new Managing Director of the Liberian Telecommunications Corporation (LIBTELCO). Mauh replaces Ben Wolo who served as Managing Director from 2007 to 2014 and under whose administration, Liberia landed it's first Fiber Optic Cable.

Technology: Liberia's ICT 2014 Forecast: What To Expect, What Not To Expect

A few years ago, access to Information and Communications Technologies or ICTs (computers, phones, TV, etc) was binary: some people had access to technology, and some did not. That disparity endures even though we have made significant progress over the years. There is no doubt that we have evolved from very little or no technology, to a mobile and fast technology that actually supports a range of communications, participatory, and transactional applications. Now, access to ICTs is more essential and valuable and disconnection from ICTs is consequential for society. Addressing the cause of digital exclusion is about developing the capacity of one's people to leverage the abundance of digital resources that we have today. Full story...

Commentary: Using Technology to Address Liberia's Education and Teacher's Deficit

by Ciata Victor

This week the news has been all about the nearly 25,000 Liberian High School Graduates that failed the University of Liberia entrance exam, with officials saying they did not have a basic grasp of English. I am sure they also don't have a basic grasp of Reading, Math, Science or Literature. Full commentary...

The Muah Brothers in position to take full control of GOL’s Interest in the Cable Consortium of Liberia (CCL)

By Ciata Victor

Monrovia - January 2, 2014: In October 2013, the Chairman of the Cable Consortium of Liberia (CCL) and the government representative to the Consortium, Eden Charles Reeves resigned his position at the Finance Ministry citing a lack of support from the Ministry for the IT related projects he managed.  Eden Reeves exit opened the way for Sebastian Muah to slide into CCL in the key position of Chairman of the Board of Directors with responsibility over the management of GOL 55% interest in the Cable Consortium. 

With baby brother Paul Muah strategically placed at LIBTELCO and set to take over the leadership of the Corporation which includes the management of LIBTELCO’s 20% interest in CCL, the brothers Sebastian and Paul Muah if Paul is appointed by the President to serve as Managing Director of LIBTELCO, are set to control 75% of Liberia’s Fiber capacity and 100% of the Government of Liberia entire investment in the ACE Cable System and the Cable Consortium of Liberia. Read more...

Broadband is Available in Liberia

France Telecom Orange announces the launch of service for the ACE submarine cable in the first 13 countries

France Telecom Orange and the other members of the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) consortium announced in a ceremony held today in Banjul, The Gambia, that the ACE submarine cable is now operational for the first phase linking France and Sao Tomé & Principe. Full story...

Articles

What Ben Wolo did at LIBTELCO?

Ben Wolo, Former Managing Director - LIBTELCO

Recently I was asked by a young man "What has Ben Wolo done at LIBTELCO?"

I wasn't surprised at the question. As a Technologist who has made advertising a business, I know that even if you have the best product in the entire world and no one knows about it, it means very little. Ben Wolo is one of those rare and good products that Liberia has but few people know of his potential or understand his value to LIBTELCO.

As an insider who has worked closely with Ben at LIBTELCO for over 5 years, and on the ACE Fiber Optic Project that is ongoing, I would like to answer this question, not only for the young man who asked it, but also for anyone else who is interested in knowing. Full article...

News

The Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LTC, now LIBTELCO) has resuscitated the previously neglected Telecom with a wireless 3G system based on CDMA EV-DO technology, enabling LIBTELCO to enter the mobile market as a fifth player who is providing wireless broadband services. There are also plans for a national fibre backbone network.

Internet services are currently available from a number of wireless ISPs and the mobile networks using GPRS, EDGE and WiMAX technology. The high cost and limited bandwidth of existing satellite connections means that most service offerings today are expensive and below broadband speed. The Landing of the ACE Fibre Optic Submarine Cable which landed in Liberia on November 3, 2011 has caused excitment in Liberia's Telecommunication Sector as operators and Internet Users eagerly look foward to late 2012, when the service is expected to go online and be available to consumers.

CCL Announces the Landing of Liberia’s First Fiber Optic Cable System (ACE)

(Monrovia, November 1, 2011): The Cable Consortium of Liberia (CCL) is pleased to announce that The Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable will be landing in Monrovia, Liberia on Thursday November 3rd, 2011. The landing of this cable marks Liberia’s entrance into the Digital age, by making available true broadband connectivity to the rest of the world. Full story...

Status of the ACE Fiber Optic Project in Liberia

What is ACE and where we are in the process?

The Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine communication cable, is a planned Fiber Optic Cable system that will run along the West Coast of Africa between France and South Africa. More...

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.

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 is owned by a Special Purpose Vehicle called the Cable Consortium of Liberia, (CCL) a consortium comprising of LIBTELCO, LONESTAR and CELLCOM. Full story...

Liberia's Telecommunication Sector

Liberia Subscriber Data
Minstry of Post and Telecommunicagtions MoPT- Telecommunications Policy
LTA - Telecommunications Regulator
 

Liberia Telephone Extensions for Telecommunications Operator

Operator Old New
Lonestar MTN 06 0886 / 0880
Orange 077 / 076

0777 / 0776 / 0770

Novafone 05 0555
LIBTELCO no longer offers Voice Service

Technology Links

Pictures - Bringing Fiber to Liberia

In A Digital Liberia, Darren Wilkins, an accomplished ICT Professional, describes the impact of information and communications technologies on the future of Liberia.
 

Articles

Long-haul Networks and Undersea Cable Systems

Cable Systems in Africa

  1. Atlantis-2 - Atlantis-2
  2. Seacom - SEACOM/Tata TGN-Eurasia
  3. EASSy - Eastern Africa Submarine System (EASSy)
  4. TEAMs - The East African Marine System (TEAMS)
  5. WACS - West African Cable System (WACS)
  6. SAT-3/WASC - SAT-3/WASC
  7. MainOne - Main One
  8. GLO1 - GLO-1
  9. ACE - Africa Coast to Europe (ACE)
  10. SAex - South Atlantic Express (SAEx)
  11. WASACE - WASACE Africa / RFS: March 2015

 

 

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