Heritage (Monrovia)

21 May 2012

Liberia: Lonestar Cell MTN Committed to Nation's Development

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LoneStar Cell MTN, Mr. Mazen Marou, has recommitted his company to the rebuilding process of the country, especially in the telecom. According to him, the company sees itself as a partner with a long term commitment to see Liberia and Liberians lifted in line with the Liberia Government's 2030 Vision. The LoneStar Cell MTN CEO made these comments Friday, May 18, 2012 at the Mamba Point Hotel in Monrovia, when he announced the company's next plan of action.

Hear the LoneStar Cell MTN CEO: "Today after 10 years of being with the Liberian people, I am happy to confirm to you some exciting news, We now have over One Million Subscribers active and enjoying the Lonestar Cell MTN network services across Liberia. The one million subscribers milestone came as a result of great efforts provided by the staff and Management of Lonestar Cell MTN and series of new products - first to be launched in Liberia - positioning ourselves as the Leader in converged telecommunications and partner of choice in Liberia."

"During the last 12 months, we have extended the network coverage to new geographical areas and improved in areas where there had previously been network difficulties. Another 22 different locations were covered, bringing our total coverage areas to more than 162 locations that have now great network capacity and enabled quality access to Voice and Data services," he continued.

Speaking further, Mr. Marou said the company now has the latest state of art technology that support Liberia's journey to sustainable development providing the platform for efficient telecommunications services.

He disclosed that the company recently introduced first in the Region Mobile portable Base Stations (BST).

The BST, Mr. Marou explained, is a smarter and practical approach to react quickly in case of critical incidents or to provide quick coverage network to support occasional events and celebrations as government embarks on the implementation of Liberia Rising: Vision 2030.

He said LoneStar Cell MTN welcomes the landing of the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine fiber optic cable in Liberia.

The cable is a Public-Private initiative of the Government of Liberia supported by licensed Operators in Liberia including Lonestar Cell MTN.

Said Mr. Marou: "We are investing further in our infrastructure to ensure effective use of the bandwidth that will be provided through the fiber optic cable."

Over the last ten years of its existence, he recalled Lonestar Cell MTN has not only continuously repeated its promise to serve the Liberian people, but has also actively pursued initiatives that give meaning to that enduring promise like becoming a part of the Cable Consortium of Liberia and supporting the vision of the government of Liberia that would, in addition to other things, provide connectivity to public universities, hospitals and other institutions to promote e-initiatives for development.

"I want to announce today that for 2011/2012, Lonestar Cell MTN is spending in Liberia more than US$ 30 Million as Capital Expenditure on Network Infrastructure to continue the expansion and implement advanced innovative and more exciting products and services for the benefit of our customers. Lonestar Cell MTN as a good corporate citizen in Liberia will continue to invest in the country and contribute to the growth of the economy," he amongst other things added.

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