The Analyst (Monrovia)

24 January 2013

Liberia: Govt. Turns On Fiber Optic Cable

The Government of Liberia (GOL) through the Liberia Telecommunication Corporation (LIBTELCO) on Monday, January 21, 2013 officially turned the Africa Coast to Europe; otherwise known as the Fiber Optic cable in Monrovia.

Officially performing the launch on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Finance Minister Amara Konneh expressed joy that Liberia was finally a part of the global World of fast speed internet connectivity.

"Liberia is improving day by day, today, we have become the only people in West Africa, especially the Mano River Union (MRU) Basin to have wireless internet. I am indeed gratified to see our telecommunication industry move to another level. Seven years ago, telecommunication was the poorest sector in Liberia, but today, LIBTELCO has brought pride to us," Minister Konneh boasted.

The Finance Minister urged all Liberians to do all they can to maintain the new and exciting technology, noting that there were other priority areas that needed government's intervention.

Speaking earlier, Post and Telecommunication Minister Dr. Frederick Norkeh described the turning on of the cable as a clar indication that Liberia was now part of the global village.

Minister Norkeh challenged Liberians to make the most use of the modern technology, as the cost of acquiring such was too high to be abuse.

Several high profile government officials attended the ceremony which was held at the central office of the ACE fiber optic cable.

The ACE cable project is a multimillion United States dollars project of the Liberian government. It was initiated by LIBTELCO with financial supports from Lonestar Cell MTN and Cellcom GSM, Liberia two foremost GSM service providers.

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