Regulator concludes GSM licence standardisation with LoneStar

30 Mar 2009

Liberia’s telecoms watchdog the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has completed the relicensing process of domestic cellco Lonestar Communications (LoneStar Cell). The re-licensing of the cellco comes after a long-running and sometimes acrimonious discussion between the LTA and the country’s GSM operators over licensing standardisation in the country. According to the LTA press release, the regulator has issued LoneStar with separate licences for GSM and WiMAX technologies. Under the terms of the award, LoneStar will pay USD20 million for the two licences, which are valid for 15 years. The first instalment of USD5 million is due by 25 March 2009. Going forward, the LTA now hopes to conclude similar licensing agreements with Liberia’s other GSM service providers Cellcom, Comium and Libercell, it said.