Newly constructed communication tower in Gbrangba-Gborketa, Gbarpolu County

Monrovia Liberia – Citizens in remote parts of Gbarpolu County previously unable to access communication services are now benefiting from 4G broadband telecommunication services.

It comes after the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) in collaboration with its partners under the Universal Assess Project Fund completed the construction of the second Base Station in Gbarnga-Gbarquita, Bokomu District, Gbarpolu County.

The Base Station which includes a telecommunication tower, a modern 7.3 meters  satellite receiver and a 5kw solar module will power communication services that include voice and 4G mobile broadband data services to towns within eight miles of Gbargba-Gborketa and adjacent towns in Bokomu District.

According to a release from the LTA, the move will benefit about 8 thousand residents of nearby towns and villages that were previously without any telecommunication services.

“There is already excitement all over the town with people in the town not only happy about the construction but are also assisting the contractors with the supply of water, crush rocks and sand to enhance the construction” an LTA statement said on Monday.

The  Coordinator of the Project Implementation Unit  of the Universal Assess Fund James Lynch Monbo said the installation of the facility will impact the economic lives of the people and will enable them have access to mobile money and other E-Commerce services.

The LTA release quotes Mr.Monbo as saying, business people who are doing mining, farmers who are producing food crops and petty traders in the adjacent villages and towns will now be able to easily communicate and sell their products through mobile technology.

“The installation and construction of the Base Station falls under pillar two of the Pro Poor Addenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) which has to do with economic empowerment and job creation for the people”, Mr. Monbo stated.

The Community and the Universal Assess Fund also entered into a Memorandum of Understanding for the management of the base Station at a special welcome ceremony held for the delegation and technical team from the LTA, Project Implementation Unit of UAF and the technical team from K-Net Ghana.

Speaking after the ceremony, Gbarpolu County Development Superintendent Joseph Akoi said they were excited that such telecommunications infrastructure had come to that part of the country.

Superintendent Akoi expressed sentiments that the Pro-poor Agenda is now in full effect and will soon begin to impact the people of his county.

He said he is excited because after the installation teachers and civil servants will now begin to get their salaries through mobile money services, health workers will now begin to effectively contact their colleagues when performing operations and putting in for needed drugs through mobile communication.

“The town 10 years ago had no motor car road, today it is about to see a modern communication tower go live, trade is set to increase and the economic lives of our people will see a new turn around”, Superintendent Akoi added.

He paid special homage to Minister of State for Presidential Affairs Nathaniel Mcgill who had informed him about plans to have the tower installed in the county.

Universal Assess Fund ‘s Coordinator Elijah Glay said the fund is a program set up by the telecommunications act to provide services into areas where service providers have failed to reach due to economic reasons.

Last month, the LTA along with partners also constructed and dedicated communication tower in Parluken in Grand Kru and now Gbrangba-Gborketa in Gbarpolu County. The projects are part of the ITC for Development Program by the LTA and its partners.

The Base Stations in both Grand Kru and Gbarpolu are expected to come into full operations in the next three weeks through test transmissions that will run for eight weeks.

It will be followed by a formal commissioning ceremony and then new contracts will be signed to expand the project to remaining thirteen counties of Liberia.

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