The Management of Cellcom Telecommunication Company, one of Liberia's biggest GSM Service provider has donated the first batch of three hundred SIM Cards to the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) for onward distribution to members of the Liberian media.
Presenting the SIM Cards to the PUL, Cellcom Corporate Communication Strategist, Mr. Kimmie Weeks said Cellcom was proud to work with the Liberian Media in providing telecommunication for journalists across the country.
He added that the donation is in fulfillment of the promise made to the PUL during the celebration this year's World Press Freedom Day. He said Cellcom has also provided one year free internet service at the Headquarters of the PUL on Clay Street in Monrovia for use by members of the Union.
Mr. Weeks disclosed that the "Management of Cellcom has created a virtual private network for all journalists in Liberia who are registered with the PUL." He said journalists who will be given the SIM Cards will make unlimited calls within the network.
According to Mr. Weeks, journalists using the network will not pay a cent no matter how long they stay online. He said journalists will also be allowed to communicate with their media colleagues even if they do not have credit on the phones. He noted that "Cellcom is very proud to be associated with the Liberian media and hope the SIM Cards will give journalists the freedom to communicate."
Receiving the SIM Cards on behalf of the Liberian Media, the President of the PUL, Mr. Peter Quaqua thanked Cellcom for the donation and promised to use it for the intended purpose. He said the cards will be distributed amongst members of the media and hope that it will help to ease the communication difficulties faced by some members of the media.
In a related development, the Management of Cellcom Telecommunication Company will tomorrow, Thursday, June 21, 2012 launch its new service called "Fourth Generation (4G)" in Liberia. Mr. Weeks said the new service will further enhance communication services in the country.
He noted that the 4G service when launched, will also augment the capacity of the media especially the electronic media. He said the new service will afford television journalists to do on the spot reporting rather than recording and packaging news stories before they are telecast.