24 April 2014

Liberia: LTA to Act Against Illegal Operators

The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has threatened to close down some radio stations and other service providers illegally operating without any reference to the institution.

LTA Commissioner for Licensing and Regulations at B. Anthony McCritty said institutions that do not merit legal requirement are robbing the nation of much needed revenue.

McCritty, who made the statement yesterday during Ministry of Information Culture Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) press briefing, described such behavior as unwarranted.

"Liberia's frequency is scarce and by that the LTA will do everything to protect the laws and that violators who circumvent the laws will be prosecuted," he threatened.

"The LTA has notified every small service provider assigned spectrum frequency through written correspondence in November 2013 and is planning to invite delinquent parties to give reason(s) as to why their licenses should not be revoked."

The Licensing and Regulations Department (LRD) formerly the Service Development Market Structure (SDMS) department, is the arm of the LTA responsible for licensing, regulations due diligence, economic regulatory analysis, and mark research and monitoring.

It can be recalled that the LTA in November last year issued 17 new class licenses and renewed 44, but there was a decline in the expression of interest for class licenses especially in the area of VAST renewal, which refers to very small aperture terminal.

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