Market Competition Necessary, LTA Boss Asserts

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The head of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), Madam Antoinette Weeks, has asserted the need for every sector of the Liberian market economy to be competitive.

She noted that in any business setting where customers have choices they don’t have to feel “stuck” with a single service provider.

The LTA boss made the statement over the weekend in Congo Town, during the launch of a new Television service provider called Satellite Connection (Satcon).

During the launch she expressed the hope that the institution would benefit the government and people of Liberia through the generation of revenue from sales of Satcon’s decoders.

“I hope this is going to be a successful venture. One that not only benefits the owners of Satcon, because we know that you came here to make money, but your customers and the government too,” she noted.

According to her if the customers don’t benefit from the services provided, the institution would not achieve their goal of being a presence in Liberia’s cable TV market.

She said the arrival of Satcon brought more competition on the Liberian market and would help break the monopoly of larger companies in the cable TV market, which she felt was a good thing for the economy.

She than used the occasion to caution the institution to be law abiding and to succeed in proving the best services for the country and its people.

Giving some explanations about the new television service in the country was Satcon’s General Manager for West Africa, Rabih Fahs, who said that his institution has been in existence since 2007.

According to him the television service is based in Libreville, Gabon, with extensions in Ghana, the Ivory Coast, and Burkina Faso among other African countries.

He disclosed that Satcon’s operations in Liberia would not only be city-wide, but would extend to the rural areas when it reaches its 300 channel target.


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