LTA suspends MTN Liberia’s licence, reports says

Telecoms

The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has reportedly suspended the two operating licences of MTN Liberia, trading under the Lonestar Cell brand, for two weeks in relation to its ‘unilateral disconnection’ of rival operator Comium Liberia. In a press release, the LTA said that the action had been taken for MTN Liberia’s non-compliance with the subsequent instruction of the LTA to reconnect Comium within a specific timeframe.

However, the statement goes on to say that ‘the modalities of implementing the suspension decision are being discussed between Lonestar and the LTA as well as with other GSM networks and service providers, including the point in time when the suspension will begin and how it will be implemented in a way that will have less far-reaching impact on consumers.’ Given that MTN Liberia is by far the biggest mobile operator – it has over a million subscribers – the shutting down of its network is likely to cause severe disruption among the population – subject to what exactly the ‘modalities’ reached mean.

However, MTN was able to get a “stay order” from a local court preventing the removal of the licence.