New cellco knuckles down to business

18 Nov 2004

Celcom, the new Liberian wireless operator, officially launched its mobile network services yesterday. Speaking at a ceremony held in the country’s capital Monrovia, Celcom’s chairman Willie Knuckles stated that the company represented the biggest single investment in Liberia since the induction of the transitional government in October 2003, and “the first major American investment”. Mr Knuckles said that Celcom’s coverage would eventually extend to the entire country; the first phase of rollout has thus far cost investors USD8 million. Up until now, state-owned Lonestar Communications has enjoyed a monopoly on the provision of wireless services in the country.