The Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) has granted wholesale telecom infrastructure provider CSquared a licence to deploy fibre optic cables everywhere and anywhere in the country.
The LTA said it has amended Csquared's licence, letting it lay fibre anywhere within Liberia.
Csquared Liberia's original license, granted in 2017, was for the Monrovia metro area with 180+ kms of metro fiber in Monrovia, providing leased capacity and dark fibre access to all MNOs, ISPs, and the Government of Liberia through its National Operator, LTC Mobile.
The company has been active in the country since then via a Telecom Infrastructure Service Provider Licence.
The LTA, in granting this amended license to expand to the entire country, envisions that this will improve open access to broadband throughout Liberia, allowing for Universal Access to services such as eHealth, eEducation, eBanking, and eGovernment.
The LTA issued the licence on 2 November 2021 prompting CSquared to announce that it looks forward to ‘continuing to invest in Liberia’s ICT sector’, adding that ‘with 60% of Liberia’s population under the age of 24, we know how important broadband infrastructure is in meeting the data consumption needs of this population.’
Estelle Akofio Sowah, Csquared West Africa regional manager said the company’s desire to invest in Liberia is driven by the demand for ICT in the country and its long-standing stability and friendly business environment.
According to local media reports, despite its relatively small population, Liberia has an active and competitive telecommunications sector. The main players include two System for Mobile Communications (GSM) network operators, Lonestar Cell MTN and Orange Liberia (formerly Cellcom).