21 January 2013

Liberia: Cellcom Launches Fiber Cable

Yearning for greater say in matters relating to their welfare, Liberian youths Wednesday urged their leaders to practice transparency and accountability. The head of the Federation of Liberian Youths, Mohammed Nasser, told journalists.

The Management of Cellcom GSM Company Friday officially launched its high speed internet connectivity known as fiber cable internet connectivity system that contains ultra speed of 1000 mbps.

Currently the system is stretching some 7,000 kilometers along the West African coastline, a submarine fiber-optic cable emerges off the coast of Nigeria to help bridge the digital divide in the continent.

Known as one Cable, the system is linking West Africa with Europe, bringing ultra-fast broadband in the region. It runs from Seixal in Portugal through Accra in Ghana to Lagos in Nigeria and branches out in Morocco, Canary Islands, Senegal, and Ivory Coast.

Liberia is amongst a few African countries that do not have the technology. But according to Cellcom's chief communication strategist, Dr. Kemmie Weeks, the new technology is an addition to the already high speed 4G internet technology which has been used by thousands of its subscribers barely a year ago.

"Today, as you may know Cellcom is launching Fiber Cable for commercial use in Liberia, and, Cellcom is proud to be a part of this" Dr. Weeks announced.

"This means a lot for Liberia and the Liberian people" he said, adding, "Cellcom users on our 4G network can expect to experience double speeds of what they have right now."

According to Mr. Weeks, speed acquired from the 4G Network came from powerful but very expensive satellites deployed in space.

Despite the deployment of these satellites, the company admitted limitations in terms of pricing and capacity.

In order to improve the situation, the company said its latest fiber cable technology, according to Dr. Weeks, would double the initial 21 megabits per second provided by the 4G internet connectivity to 42 megabits per second which will form part of the fiber cable internet package for thousands of customers.

Dr. Weeks also revealed that the fiber cable would bring millions of dollars to the country's economy and will serve as a new government's revenue generation source that will attend to its development needs.

"Over the years, that network has been tested, tried and proven to be a very, very guaranteed service that will continue to see our speed improving" Cellcom's communication strategist told journalists at the press conference Friday.

Adding, "This means a lot for Liberia and the Liberian people. Cellcom users on our 4G network can expect to experience double speeds of what they have right now. Imagine that the 4G as a voice was already extremely fast. And, now, we're going to be doubling that speed about a hundred times faster than any other mobile networks currently in existence. We expect double speeds from 21 megabits per second to 42 megabits per second. That's a jump and a huge improvement.

"There're many things that this technology is able to help with. Students will now have the chance to do more research. This is an opportunity for students who're interested in doing online courses and distance learning courses are able to do that because they're now able to do live video conferencing abroad, and they're now able to look at lectures that are happening at webcams" Kemmie Weeks said.

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