By Lewis S. Teh
In an effort to make communication accessible and affordable to its citizens, the Government of Liberia through the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LTC) officially launches a 4G volte mobile network in the country.
Making remarks at the official launching ceremony yesterday January 27 2022,
President George M. Weah describes the launch of the state-owned mobile company as timely and a milestone in the history of Liberia.
Speaking Thursday, January 27, 2022, at the ceremony, President Weah noted that his presence at the compound of the LTC to form part of the launch wasn’t anything strange because he had once worked at the entity as a switchboard technician, adding “If I have stayed here and pursued a career as a professional by now I’m the one who leading the charge here as CEO.”
Mr. Weah says it gives him great pride and feeling to have returned to his old place of work to launch the country’s first public 4G mobile network.
“When you came on board to steer the affairs of this corporation, we trusted that your managerial responsibility of transforming this government-owned public corporation into a vibrant institution; with this, I’m proud to say you didn’t disappoint me”, he hails the current management team of the entity.
The President notes that he did the amendment that was passed into law by the Legislature to enable the LTC to offer GSM services to the public, he had the expectation that the management would have stepped up their game.
The Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LTC) is a public entity providing services to citizens and foreign residents. Headquartered in Monrovia, the company provides telephone, Internet, fax, and radio services, among others.
Speaking earlier, Chief Executive Officer Richmond Nagbe Toby, while giving an overview of the launch says the occasion has been one of the many days he prayed for to come, adding “We are confident today that in 2018 when you asked us to steer the affairs of this company by then it was LIBTECO, but with the level of work and transformation that are in place today, we are proud to deliver present LTC.”
CEO Toby explains that the LTC has worked closely with the Ministry of Finance over the past four years to build a core infrastructure that allows the entity to transport data from Lynch Street, Monrovia to Freeport on Bushrod Island and other areas.
He continues that they are currently working along with the Liberia Revenue Authority to collect revenue at a low cost for the good of the public.
At the same time Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel D. Tweah, commends employees of LTC for their marvelous work, adding that the launch of the 4G mobile network will add value and ease challenges in the telecommunication sector.
He also lauds President Weah for providing the enabling environment for the citizenry, saying all of the good things happening across the country are as the result of his (Pres. Weah’s) good leadership.
“Your passion for change, and the vision you have for this country got us witnessing the great progress as a country.”
Minister Tweah notes that Liberia is making significant strides under the digital economy and that there will come a time when President Weah will speak on the current transformation Liberia is making in the digital space.
The LTC 4G mobile network brings to three the number of GSM companies currently operating in the country. The other two are privately-owned Lone Star Communication Corporation and Cellcom. Editing by Jonathan Browne