LTA Probes Cellcom’s 4G Capability
Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has announced an investigation into GSM company Cellcom claim of having 4G service capability as is being advertised here by the company.
The LTA is the state-owned regulatory body in the communication sector responsible to among other functions, monitor the activities of all GSM companies in the country.
The LTA has clarified that as far its records show, it issued Cellcom a License to install and operate a UMTS-HSPA in Liberia.
“The Technical Authorization in said License provides for: Broadband Voice services, Mobile broadband wireless data services and applications Broadband Internet/ data services [as well as] Multimedia services.”
“With regard to Cellcom’s claim of having 4G capability, the LTA has embarked on an investigation exercise to determine the veracity of this claim as is being advertised by Cellcom”, the release read.
Cellcom recently launched its 4G at the Monrovia City Hall with big publicity about the service capability to provide audio and video output, the first ever in Liberia. The launch was graced by several prominent personalities, including the Vice President of the Republic of Liberia Amb. Joseph N. Boakai.
At the same time, the LTA also said it has learned that some other network operators have been operating outside of their Technical Authorizations, which will also be investigated.
It disclosed that in the WiMax License issued to the country’s pioneer GSM company Lonestarcell MTN, the Technical Authorization provides for: Fixed Voice Services, Internet Services Second (2G) and Third (3G) Generation Data Services.
Accordingly, the LTA says it is launching a full scale investigation aimed at obtaining all the facts and relevant information surrounding this sector situation in order to correct any anomalies that may exist in this regard.