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Liberia Subscriber Data

2010
20110
2012
Librecell      
Comium      
Cellcom      
Lonestar      
LIBTELCO
  • Total Number of Lines: 7395
  • Total Voice Lines: 5623
  • Total Data Lines: 1772
  • Total Number of Lines: 11,746
  • Total Voice Lines: 9289
  • Total Data Lines: 2457
  • Total Number of Lines: 14,820
  • Total Voice Lines: 12,106
  • Total Data Lines: 2614
WATs
No data available
Total Paid Subscribers
  • Source of Data: Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA): Annual Report 2010
  • Source of LIBTELCO Data: LIBTELCO Annual Report 2012
  • Population: 3.5 Million & growing. Source Liberia Census 2008
 

Liberia Subscriber Data

2007
2008
2009
Librecell
No data available
No data available
27,332
Comium
63,734
64,373
60,343
Cellcom
201,000
282,500
363,500
Lonestar
321,982
504,585
630,307
LIBTELCO
Company Dormant
Company Dormant

LIBTELCO reopened February 2009

  • Total Number of Lines: 7395
  • Total Voice Lines: 5623
  • Total Data Lines: 1772
WATs
No data available
Total Paid Subscribers
1,088,877
  • Source of Data: Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA): Annual Report 2010
  • Source of LIBTELCO Data: LIBTELCO Annual Report 2010
  • Population: 3.5 Million & growing. Source Liberia Census 2008

 

ACE Fiber Optic Cable

Entities with shares in the Cable Consortium of Liberia (CCL) - (ACE Fiber Optic Project - Liberia)

Ownership Shares in CCL
Cellcom
10%
Lonestar
10%
LIBTELCO
20%
GOL
60%

 

How the Telecommunication Sector in Liberia is structured

 
MoPT - Policy Maker for the Sector
 
 
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LTA - Regulator of the Sector
 
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LIBTELCO -National Operator

GSM - Operators

FIXED Wireless - Operators

ISP - Providers

LIBTELCO

Liberia Telecommunications Corporation is also known as LIBTELCO and is designated by the Telecommunications Act of 2007 as Liberia’s National Operator.

LIBTELCO provides both wireless as well as wire-line solutions for fast telecommunications. LIBTELCO has competitive advantages in telecommunications, most especially in wire-line service provision. In a market full of wire-less service providers, LIBTELCO is the only public utility service provider with the sole legal right-of-way authority for maintaining telecommunication ducting system throughout Monrovia. Additionally, LIBTELCO is implementing the first and only Optical Fiber Ring in Monrovia, Liberia. The proposal offers a wire-line (land-line) solution for the local Greater Monrovia loop and establishing connectivity to the ACE submarine cable when international fiber services go live in early 2012.

For more information on LIBTELCO, visit LIBTELCO Website

LTA

The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) is the statutory regulatory body established to foster the provision of accessible and affordable ICT based telecommunications services for all Liberians. The LTA was created by the Telecommunications ACT of 2007 (Telecom Act 2007), which repealed in its entirety Act No. 18 of the erstwhile National Transitional Legislative Assembly of Liberia creating an Interim Framework for Telecommunications Regulation in September 2005.

The LTA was established to facilitate development of the telecommunications sector in order to promote social and economic development throughout Liberia.

In accordance with the Telecom Act 2007, the LTA, inter alias, is to:

  • facilitate development of the telecommunications sector in order to promote social and economic development throughout Liberia
  • promote the efficient and reliable provision of telecommunications services, relying as much as possible on market forces such as competition and private sector investment to achieve this objective;
  • promote affordable telecommunications access in all parts and regions of Liberia, relying on market forces and private sector investment when feasible and Government initiatives where appropriate
  • establish a fair, objective and transparent regulatory regime for service providers, including the licensing of service providers
  • establish a framework for the control of anti-competitive conduct in the telecommunications sector, and otherwise protect the interests of subscribers and other customers of telecommunications services
  • ensure the safety of telecommunications networks and users of telecommunications services, and the privacy and proper use of customer information
  • promote the use of new and more efficient technologies and efficient management and use of radio spectrum and other scarce resources
  • encourage sustainable foreign and domestic investment in the telecommunications sector
  • establish measures to prohibit certain types of conduct contrary to the orderly development and regulation of the telecommunications sector
  • encourage participation of Liberians in the ownership, control and management of communications companies and organizations
  • promote and safeguard national interests in the development and implementation of telecommunications policies.
  • Ensure that national security policies, applicable to both domestic and international activities are adhered to including through regulations, rules or orders under the Act

For more information on the LTA, visit Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) Website

MoPT

The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, through the Department of Telecommunications and Technical Services, is responsible to formulate broad ICT and Telecommunication policy and strategies for the nation. These policies and strategies are required to ensure that basic ICT and Telecommunication services are available, reliable and affordable in all parts of our country. It promotes the harmonization of ICT and Telecommunication policies and regulatory frameworks within sub-regional, regional, continental and global bodies. These bodies include ECOWAS, African Union, (AU), and the International Telecommunication Union, (ITU), among others.

The Ministry also ensures that targets set by these bodies to achieve certain goals for all peoples of the world regarding the advancement of communications services become a reality in Liberia. Essentially, its programs and activities are geared towards translating resolutions and relevant concepts into implementable policy framework inline with global trend to facilitate national economic development and to promote programs that support basic social services. Primarily the Ministry’s programs are based on the following objectives:

  1. Promote competition and liberalization
  2. Promote the acceleration of basic communications services to un-served and underserved areas and to ensure that all peoples and regions of Liberia are connected;
  3. Induce investment in the sector by creating a policy friendly environment
  4. Establish the framework to integrate GOL offices/systems through e-government nationwide;
  5. Encourage the development of information super-highway (Internet Backbone) for globalization and convergence;
  6. Accelerate the creation and management of the domain name for Liberia;
  7. Develop Policy of general application to the ICT and telecommunications sector
  8. Encourage and promote the provision of high quality and affordable telecommunications services; and to take such other actions as are required to co-ordinate Government policies and programs affecting the ICT and telecommunications sector generally.

For more information on the MoPT, visit MoPT Department of Telecommuniation Website at http://www.mopt.gov.lr

Networks in Liberia

Cell Phones (GSM)

Liberia has four GSM mobile operators that are competing for customers - LoneStar (majority owned by South Africa's MTN), Comium, Cellcom and LiberCell.

Fixed Wireless Company

Liberia has two Fixed Wireless operators that are competing for customers:

  • LIBTELCO (020)
  • West African Telecom (WAT)

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 available from a number of wireless ISPs and the mobile networks using GPRS, EDGE and WiMAX technology. In January 2013, the commercial service for the ACE Fiber Optic cable system was launched, making highspeed available to LIBTELCO, Lonestar and Cellcom customers. Customers who currently connect to these 3 carriers should observe some improvement in their internet speeds. Other will have to upgrade their equipment to notice improve speeds.

 

 

 

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