Government gives GSM companies 12 hours to rescind illegal price increase

The attention of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) is drawn to the illegal and arbitrary increase in cost of service (voice & data bundles) by both Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) Lonestar Cell MTN and Orange under the pretense of complying with the surcharge order.

The LTA regards this act as illegal price fixing, collusion, and antitrust conspiracy. Under relevant provisions of the Liberia Telecommunications Act of 2007, no ‘Term Services” can be increased without approval of the LTA.

LTA order 0016-02-25-19 resulted in the imposition of a Floor Price on Voice and Data, under which the MNOs eliminated the 3 day free call last year September; the government is legally due charges accrued on revenue derived therefrom.

“The New Term of Services” been promoted is far in excess of what is required for implementation of any order and designed for profiteering and political purposes” a release form the LTA said.

The MNOs are hereby given 12 hours to rescind this illegal price increase or face appropriate punitive measures.

Thursday’s sharp increase took public debates with opposition groupings announcing immediate protests.

Whistleblower gathered that the GSM companies are expected to rescind their decision as soon as possible given that the government’s run LIBTELCO is about to start full operations and reduced surcharge, which could likely run them out of business.

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