The launch of 4G in Liberia’s Grand Cape Mount County by operator Lonestar Cell MTN is undoubtedly going to boost coverage to a number of underserved towns and villages.
Local residents of this area in the northwest of Liberia will not be the only ones benefiting, however, as the launch also involves local industry. Through a partnership agreement between Lonestar and the Bea Mountain Mining Corporation, a 4G cell phone tower has been installed in N’dablama, Grand Cape Mount County.
The agreement aims to solve the issue of limited internet access to Bea Mountain’s new N’dablama gold mining site. At the same time there is a bonus for local residents as the people of N’dablama and nearby communities also have access to the internet, and mobile financial services, for the first time.
The 40-metre high tower sits on top of a mountain with an elevation of 280 metres. From N’dablama, the tower provides a five-kilometres radius of coverage in any direction.
Even communities like Gohnzolo, Najabo, and Saama, which are more than five kilometres away from N’dablama, can access the network. This means nearly eight thousand people now have internet access.
We reported just over a year ago that Lonestar had connected around 104 rural communities to its network. However, not long before Lonestar made that announcement, we also reported that Liberia’s House of Representatives had asked the country’s Post and Telecommunication Committee to launch an investigation into consumer complaints about poor services in rural areas of Liberia.
While the pandemic has slowed 4G and other wireless rollouts in a number of countries, the news from N’dablama may at least raise hopes in Liberia’s remaining underserved areas that better connectivity is on the way.