Liberia: Lonestar Cell/MTN ordered to disconnect from Ivory Coast
The News in Monrovia has reported that Lonestar Cell/MTN recently dismantled transmission links with neighbouring Ivory Coast in accordance with an order by The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA).
According to the regulatory body Lonestar Cell/MTN breached the Telecom Act of 2007 when it mounted transmission links connecting with Ivory Coast.
In compliance, the company recently undertook the decommissioning exercise to remove equipment, including microwave dishes, in Nimba and Grand Gedeh Counties.
The exercise took place under the supervision of representatives from the LTA and National Legislature.
Chairperson of the LTA, Angelique Weeks, is quoted as saying, “In as much as Lone Star/MTN acted outside of the law by linking with another GSM company in Ivory Coast without the knowledge of the regulatory body, the new management team of the company must be commended for acknowledging its fault and adhering to LTA’s demand, as evidenced by their compliance to dismantle all communications gadgets that were mounted to launch their transmission link with Ivory Coast.”
”Today’s decommissioning exercise sends a clear message that we are doing our work and will not be distracted by unnecessary criticisms from some segments of the public,” writes The News.
The publication quotes Senior Manager for Lonestar Cell/MTN as saying, “we regret what has happened but will continue to cooperate with the LTA in serving the public.”