Liberian mobile operator Cellcom, part of the Cellcom Telecommunications group, plans to invest up to USD60 million in new mobile technologies as it looks to overhaul its network and launch improved voice and data services. Although the cellco’s management is remaining tight-lipped over the precise details of the investment, its chief executive officer Avishai Marziano, claims that the investment marks ‘one of the most significant in mobile telecommunications in Liberia in recent years’.
Last month TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate reported that Cellcom is planning to deploy a high speed HSPA+ mobile network, claiming a first for the African country. Avishai Marziano was quoted at the time as saying that the 3.5G network upgrade will give its customers an improved experience where it comes to browsing the web via their mobiles/PCs. ‘We are stepping up our technology a notch to give our consumers the best for their money. We are redefining cellular technology in Liberia and will provide the fastest and best quality in surfing as part of what is the vision of the mobile internet which is the key component and central service for our client,’ he said. Cellcom’s HSPA+ overlay will provide peak download data speeds of 21Mbps, roughly ten times faster than 3G, he added. However, he stopped short of providing details on what areas will be covered by the new infrastructure, or when services will be offered commercially to end users.