Liberia beats SA to 4G punch
Liberia’s Cellcom GSM will today launch the country’s first 4G network. The country claims that it is the most advanced mobile Internet technology in the world and that it will double Cellcom’s current Internet speeds, while allowing users to experience unprecedented uploads and download speeds.
“Today, I’m proud to tell you that we are changing Liberia with technology,” said Liberian Vice President, H.E. Joseph Boakai.
Cellcom’s Chief Executive Officer Avishai Marziano said that it will help a large portion of the population. “We expect this new technology to affect education, the press, health, transportation, security and all aspects of Liberia,” he said.
“The new 4G network is the first of its kind in Liberia. The technology is now being used by some of the largest cellular phone companies in the US and Europe and only a handful of countries in Africa have been able to deploy 4G,” Monrovia-based publication The New Dawn wrote.
Kimmie Weeks, who serves as Chief Corporate Communications Strategist for Cellcom, added that Liberia will now be ahead of many African nations, including South Africa. “With the introduction of this technology, Cellcom has essentially set Liberia ahead of the rest of Africa and on par with Europe and the United States in terms of mobile Internet speeds”.
Marziano previously commented that 4G technology will boost their speed well beyond that of their competition. “With the new technology, the current browsing speed cellular network will exceed by 100 times that of our competitors and 10 times of 3G network. We have seen an increase in customers consuming cellphones since we broke the monopoly. Now with new technology like smartphones and l-phones we are in the process of upgrading our networks to make our customers happy and stay ahead of the competition.”
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor