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Liberia’s Lonestar gets reprieve from court over LTA action

December 6, 2012 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories

A Liberian court has halted an intended action by the Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) to cut off Lonestar Cell MTN services in the country. The court on Wednesday issued a stay of the order and has allowed Lonestar to continue to operate.

A Liberian court has issued a stay of order that halts an effort by the LTA to cut off Lonestar Cell MTN services in the country. (Image: File)

The move came after Lonestar defied an order suspending two operating licenses from December 3 through 5.

The regulator’s suspension order did not come in force until the court issued the stay order.

Judge Yusif D. Kaba directed the LTA to stay all further proceedings in connection with the suspension of Lonestar Cell MTN operating licenses.

In mid-November, the regulator said the suspension of Lonestar MTN’s licenses “was a punitive measure, resulting from the company’s unauthorized suspension of interconnection with Comium GSM Liberia.”

LTA further required Lonestar Cell MTN to pay 25 percent of its revenues from calls in certain places where it is an exclusive service provider.

David Eto

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