Lonestar Cell-MTN marks 15th anniversary; reports more than 1.5m subs

15 Jul 2016

Liberian mobile operator Lonestar Cell-MTN, 60%-owned by the South Africa-based MTN Group, celebrated its 15th anniversary on 14 July 2016, with its CEO Babatunde Osho reporting that since it launched in July 2001 it has expanded its service coverage to all parts of the country and amassed more than 1.5 million subscribers for voice and data services. TeleGeography notes that the cellco’s portfolio of services includes mobile banking, SMS, GPRS, international roaming, M2U, voice mail, MMS, liberty SIMs, seamless roaming, SMS-email, collect call, ring back tone, post-paid and pre-paid, multimedia services and voice SMS.

In May this year Lonestar Cell-MTN was reportedly looking to acquire ailing rival Novafone (formerly Comium Liberia), just weeks after a takeover deal by state owned incumbent PTO Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LIBTELCO) collapsed. Unnamed sources were quoted as saying that the final plan for the takeover was being worked out, claiming that it was ’almost a done deal’, though no further news has since been reported.