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A REVIEW OF TELECOM SECTOR REFORM IN THE REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA

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   A REVIEW OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS SECTOR REFORM IN THE REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA By: Kolubahzizi T. Howard  Deputy Managing Director for AdministrationLiberia Telecommunications Corporation   PRESENTED AT THE 4 TH  ANNUAL MCM CONFERENCE  HELD AT GOODENOUGH COLLEGE  LONDON, ENGLAND  September 5 TH  – 9 TH   , 2005 A REVIEW OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS SECTOR REFORM IN THE REPUBLIC OF LIBERIAKolubahzizi T. Howard, Sr.Deputy Managing Director for AdministrationFourth Annual MCM Conference, Goodenough College, London, England 2  TABLE OF CONTENTS  A REVIEW OF..........................................................................................1TELECOMMUNICATIONS SECTOR....................................................1REFORM IN THE REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA.........................................1By:.............................................................................................................1Kolubahzizi T. Howard.............................................................................1TABLE OF CONTENTS..........................................................................3LIST OF FIGURES...................................................................................4LIST OF FIGURES...................................................................................41.0 INTRODUCTION...............................................................................62.0 COUNTRY BACKGROUND.............................................................6 2.1 Telecom Sector Background...............................................................................7 3.0 PRESENT LEGAL AND POLICY FRAMEWORK..........................84.0 MARKET STRUCTURE OF THE LIBERIA TELECOM SECTOR ..................................................................................................................10 4.1 Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LTC).............................................104.2 Licensed GSM and Other Operators.................................................................124.2a Lonestar Communications Corporation (Lonestar)....................................134.2b Libercell Liberia Inc. ................................................................................154.2c Cellcom Liberia Inc....................................................................................164.2d Comium Liberia Inc...................................................................................174.2e Data Technologies Solutions (Data Tech).................................................214.2f Liberia Broadband Communications Services (Libcom)............................214.2g Power Tech Communications (Power Tech)..............................................214.2h Consolidated Group (Consolidated)...........................................................224.2i Intertel Networks (Liberia) Limited (Intertel).............................................234.3 World Bank Assessment Mission’s Appraisal of the Telecom Sector.............24 5.0 NTGL TELECOM SECTOR REFORM MEASURES ..................266.0 NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY AND STRATEGY TELECOM SECTOR POLICY DOCUMENT..................31 6.1 Liberia Information Infrastructure and Convergence.......................................326.2 Market Structure, Liberalization, and Competition..........................................336.2a Market Structure.........................................................................................336.2b Liberalization and Competition..................................................................346.3 Privatization......................................................................................................356.4 Regulation.........................................................................................................386.5 Licensing...........................................................................................................38 A REVIEW OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS SECTOR REFORM IN THE REPUBLIC OF LIBERIAKolubahzizi T. Howard, Sr.Deputy Managing Director for AdministrationFourth Annual MCM Conference, Goodenough College, London, England 3  6.6 Spectrum Policy and Management...................................................................396.7 Competition and Enforcement..........................................................................396.8 Institutional Organization.................................................................................406.8a Sector Organization....................................................................................406.9 Universal Access..............................................................................................41 7.0 DRAFT INTERIM FRAMEWORK FOR  TELECOMMUNICATIONS REGULATIONS ACT.............................43 7.1 Creation of an Interim Regulatory Authority....................................................437.2 Exercise of Powers and Functions by the Interim Regulatory Authority.........447.3 Reporting Mechanism.......................................................................................467.4 Expenditure and Budget....................................................................................467.5 Powers and Functions of the Minister...............................................................467.6 Review of Authority Actions............................................................................477.7 Enforcement and Transition Provisions............................................................48 8.0 PROPOSED NEW TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT....................489.0 CONCLUSIONS...............................................................................49BIBLIOGRAPHY...................................................................................52  LIST OF FIGURES  Figure 1: Present Legal structure of the Liberian Telecom Sector...........10Figure 2: Lonestar's Charges at Launch August 2001..............................14Figure 3: Overview of Recommended Telecom Sector Structure............34Figure 4: Proposed Benchmarks for the LTC re-bid Process...................36Figure 5: Proposed Telecom Policy and Legal Structure.........................42  LIST OF FIGURES  Table 1: Telecommunications Indicators for Liberia 1990 – 1999...........8Table 2: Lonestar Communications Coverage in Liberia.........................15Table 3:Libercell's Coverage in Liberia...................................................16Table 4: Commencement Date, Sim cards Sold & OperationalSubscribers of Liberian GSM Operators..................................................18Table 5: Comparative Tariffs of GSM Operators....................................19 A REVIEW OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS SECTOR REFORM IN THE REPUBLIC OF LIBERIAKolubahzizi T. Howard, Sr.Deputy Managing Director for AdministrationFourth Annual MCM Conference, Goodenough College, London, England 4  Table 6: CellCom Wholesale Price Listing..............................................19Table 7: Comium Liberia Inc. ISP Subscription Price List......................19Table 8: Power Tech's Monthly Home Sebscription Plan........................22Table 9: Power Tech's Monthly Corporate Subscription Plan.................22Table 10: Consolidated Group's Internet Service Charges.......................23Table 11: Checklist of National Telecom Policy Implementation .........29 A REVIEW OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS SECTOR REFORM IN THE REPUBLIC OF LIBERIAKolubahzizi T. Howard, Sr.Deputy Managing Director for AdministrationFourth Annual MCM Conference, Goodenough College, London, England 5
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