The General Manager of the Lone Star Communication Corporation (LCC), Hassan Baydoum, has accused the Management of the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LTC) of collecting interconnection fees from his company but not providing interconnection.

Appearing before the National Transitional Legislative Assembly (NTLA) Committee on Post and Telecommunications Special Hearing recently, to provide clarification on why LCC cannot interconnect with other phone companies, Baydoun said his corporation has been compelled by LTC to pay for forty channels some of which have not being used by the corporation.

He told the committee that although his company is not using all the channels, Lone Star is paying USD100 to the LTC per channel amounting to USD4,000.

He disclosed that his company is prepared to inter-face with other cell phone companies in the country but said that the "problem has been with the LTC switchboard which makes it difficult for the Lone Star to interconnect.

He challenged the LTC Managing Director, Joe Gballah, to prove that it is the Lone Star that failed to interconnect when in fact, it requested the LTC management to provide the corporation the opportunity that would lead to the interconnection but Lone Star is yet to do so. For his part, the General Manager of Atlantic Wireless (Liberia) Incorporated (AWI), Azzam Sbaity, expressed similar statement but blamed the LTC for not interconnecting with other phone companies. He averred that currently the AWI is conducting an interconnecting testing exercise which will begin operating hopefully by October 2004.

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