Orange Liberia has officially announced the launch of “Liberia’s first 4G LTE network outside of Monrovia.” The company celebrated the launch of the LTE network in Kakata, Margibi County, over the weekend at a colorful program held in the City Hall.
Making the keynote address at the launching program, Orange’s Director for Government & Legal Affairs, Mr. William F. Saamoi Jr. told the audience that Orange Liberia was rolling out the high speed internet network in Kakata as part of a larger vision of Mr. Bruno Mettling, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Orange Group and Chairman & CEO of Orange MEA (Middle East and Africa). Said Mr. Saamoi: “During his speech at the launching, Mr. Mettling promised that Orange would begin to invest heavily to ensure that the LTE high speed network would be deployed in all major cities outside of Monrovia. True to that promise, we are here today to officially launch the first ever 4G LTE network outside of Monrovia.”
Mr. Saamoi promised that the launch of 4G LTE network in Kakata would be followed by successive launches of new 4G LTE networks in cities across the country. He stressed that Orange was investing in moving the technology, not only because of the company’s view that ‘Monrovia is not Liberia,’ but also because of the recognition of how the high-speed network will transform the way people live and do business. “Our dream is that the people of Kakata will now be able to connect with the world, in real time, for business, agriculture, e-commerce, education, health and more without having to leave the comfort of their homes,” Mr. Saamoi said.
In response, officials of Margibi County praised Orange for its efforts. Margibi County Superintendent John Buway recognized Orange’s many contributions to the city over time. He recalled support for the C.H. Rennie Hospital during the Ebola crisis as well as Orange’s ongoing support to the County’s community radio stations. “Orange has always been there for us and this is another example of Orange going the extra mile for the Liberian people,” the Superintendent said.
Both the Mayor of the City of Kakata, Mr. Eddie Murphy and Margibi’s District #3 Representative, Hon. Stephen S. Kafi hailed the launch of 4G LTE in Kakata City. Mayor Murphy said: “We appreciate the effort and development. Your presence here today demonstrates that you are truly a company for the Liberian people. We know that this network will certainly make a difference for the people of Kakata.”
Hon. Kafi encouraged students in Kakata to take advantage of the 4G LTE service to better their education by using the internet as a library and research tool to enhance their education.
As promised, Orange will, over the coming weeks and months, roll out additional 4G LTE sites across the country.