The results of a feasibility study on a national telecommunications backbone are to be reviewed at a consultative workshop today by the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA).
Stakeholders from the public and private sectors, including the Ministries of Finance, Post & Telecommunications, Public Works and major network operators, are expected to attend.
They will discuss and validate the design, financing and management of fiber-optic telecommunications network to link major cities and population centers around Liberia, as well as connect with neighboring countries.
The study was commissioned by the Liberian government through the LTA and implemented by the West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Project (WARCIP).
WARCIP is a World Bank financed project to bridge gaps in the telecommunications infrastructure in Liberia.
The study, conducted by a consortium of European firms, according to the LTA, is the first step in the process of seeking financing to build a national telecommunications backbone to allow Liberia to catch up with neighboring countries.
The LTA said a telecommunications backbone is in furtherance of the Liberian government’s Telecoms and ICT Policy, with the objective of bringing affordable access to communications to all areas of Liberia.
The LTA noted that access to communications is a driver for poverty reduction, economic growth and private sector development, and permits the public sector to more effectively provide services to the public.