LTA heads up parliamentary committee to improve telecoms sector in Liberia

6 Jun 2013

National regulator Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has concluded its inaugural ‘Telecommunications Consumer Parliament’ session, designed to put forward recommendations to improve the domestic telecoms sector. Online portal FrontPageAfrica reports that the LTA-led parliamentary committee has made no fewer than 16 recommendations, and stressed the exigent need for the watchdog to be able to move quickly to ensure they are all adopted. Included in the proposals is the call for the LTA to be given the immediate go-ahead to implement number portability (NP) in Liberia to allow consumers the right to choose their service provider of choice, whilst retaining their existing telephone number.

Although a number of officials of leading players in the country were at the session, the Senate standing committee chairman on posts and telecommunications, the honourable John Ballout, expressed disappointment over the failure of Cellcom and Comium to accept the LTA’s invitation to participate in the proceedings.