Liberia Monday turned on the Fiber Optic Cable which is expected to provide cheap and fast broadband internet connectivity for the first time.
Finance Minister Amara Konneh who represented President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf at the launch of the technology in the capital Monrovia Monday, put the cost of the technology which emanates from Europe, at $25 million.
Minister Konneh assured that the coming the Fiber Optic Cable will not only enhance development throughout the country, but advance education through research, and hoped the LIBTELCO management would strive to make Monrovia, a “Wireless City in the Mano River Union,” by next year.
Also speaking at the launching ceremony, the Managing Director of the government-run LIBTELCO, Ben Wolo assured Liberians that the cable from Europe to the shores of Liberia is well protected from shipping navigation.
He said in case of damage to the Liberia facility, the country can be easily connected with the neighboring countries of Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast without interruption in traffic.
He said the first phase to bring high speed internet communication is now complete, but said the distribution to end-users poses a major challenge because most of LIBTELCO’s facilities, like other public facilities were damaged during the senseless civil conflict.
Internet communication in Liberia is currently very expensive.
Source African Press Agency
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