MTN Liberia reprieved as Liberia court issues ‘Stay Order’ on LTA

5 Dec 2012

National regulator the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has reportedly been served a ‘Stay Order’ by the courts barring it from pursuing any action against mobile operator MTN Liberia (Lonestar Cell) concerning its violation of an earlier suspension order. The Heritage newspaper confirms an LTA press release as saying that the order, signed by the honourable Judge Jusif D Kaba, directs the regulator to "stay all further proceedings in connection with the suspension of the operating licences of Lonestar Communications Corporation.’ In response, the LTA says it will abide by the ruling and instruct its legal team to review the matter as it looks to pursue it ‘to its logical conclusion during the December term’ of court sessions.

Last month, the LTA reaffirmed that its decision to suspend MTN Liberia’s operating licences for three days was ‘irreversible’. LTA chair Angelique Weeks confirmed the suspension of MTN’s two operational licences is the result of the cellco’s earlier ‘unilateral’ implementation of an ‘unauthorised’ change in the status of its interconnection with fellow operator Comium Liberia between 18 May and 21 May 2012. Ms Weeks said that MTN Liberia’s failure to comply with its directive to restore full interconnection by 21 May 2012 is the reason for the punitive action.

Liberia, Lonestar Cell-MTN