The management of Lonestar Cell MTN has consistently upgraded and optimized the performance of their various towers/sites around the country. In a statement, Lonestar Cell MTN says improving connectivity and building new sites/towers around the country is also a matter of security, for if residents in areas particularly near border towns and cities are able to communicate and customs, border patrol officers, the Liberia National Police and other personnel can effectively communicate, it helps to protect the nation.
According to the statement, the company says it constantly receives requests from communities around Liberia, usually through their elected representatives and or County Administrative Heads the Superintendents asking for extension of network coverage to their areas. These requests are for areas that are rural, many remotely rural and where telecommunications network coverage is unavailable.
Lonestar Cell MTN’s new Chief Executive Officer, Tebogo Mogapi said that Lonestar Cell MTN was daring to go where no other telecommunications company would go because connecting rural Liberians would be strengthening Liberia’s development in a sustainable way.
Mr. Mogapi, having assumed the mantle of leadership at Lonestar Cell MTN since June 1, observed that Liberia is a beautiful country and that though this is his first assignment in Liberia, he was of the opinion that Liberia’s journey to sustainable development cannot be assured in the absence of technology and specifically in the absence of telecommunications, for every sector of the Liberian society depends on effective communications and the use of mobile telephones. He said that having operated in Liberia for little over ten years now, Lonestar Cell MTN believes in providing effective support to the accomplishment of the vision of the Liberian government and its developmental agenda.
The company has disclosed the installation of new sites and improvement in areas where there had previously been network difficulties. Last September, Masam Bolahun, a town south of Foya, near Sosmoilahun Town and Ndambu in Lofa county came on air with an active Lonestar Cell MTN tower where residents in these areas no longer have to ascend hills in order to receive signal to make calls. But not only can subscribers make and receive calls, they can also use the Lonestar Cell MTN EDGE Plus, supported by 3.9G speed to have access to Internet in towns and villages in and around Masam Bolahun in Lofa county.
Other sites that have come on and or been improved are in the following areas: Coca Cola Factory near the Morris’ farm to make up for coverage gap and capacity; Cesstos City in Rivercess county where a higher tower was installed for better coverage with areas that are distant and the Fish Market in Sinkor to fill coverage gap where a Microcell was installed.
Tondine in Nimba County has a new site installed and on air. This site replaces Zulluyee site and has wider coverage. Lonestar Cell MTN has a habit of listening to its many subscribers and hence has installed a new site with better and wider coverage in one of Liberia’s populous counties. The installation of this site means additional capital investment for Lonestar Cell MTN, but it also means that those many subscribers travelling from Ganta to Saniquellie now enjoy better coverage as well as all the surrounding villages and towns.
Barclayville, in Grand Kru County now has strong connectivity with the installation of a new Tower as well as Garmu, a rural community north of Palala in Bong County that now enjoys excellent network coverage due to the installation of a versatile mobile BTS.
Lonestar Cell MTN is the only GSM/Telecommunications Company in Liberia that has towers and network coverage in 20 places where no other GSM network has a presence. This proves that Lonestar Cell MTN is indeed the Leader in Converged Telecommunications and Partner of Choice in Liberia. From Vonzola in Grand Cape Mount to Baha’i Duzon in Grand Gedeh; from Bopolu in Gbarpolu to Kpaytuo in Nimba; from Garmue in Bong County to Gonglota in Lofa County; from Bunadine in Nimba to German Camp in Margibi; from Madina in Grand Cape Mount to Putu Mines in Grand Gedeh; from Vahun, Salayee and Masam Bolahun in Lofa to Tondine in Nimba; From Hindi, Frehlela, Gold Camp, Weansue in Bong to Duside in Margibi, Lonestar Cell MTN is the only GSM company that has towers in these areas.
“The expansion of Network coverage is a top priority of Lonestar Cell MTN Management. We have made commitment to connect all potential areas of Liberia and also continue providing world class telecommunication services added to the profile of innovative services recently introduced in Liberia first by Lonestar Cell MTN: iConnect Mobile Broadband 3.9G, EDGE Plus, Mobile Money and many other value added services will follow very soon” said Tebogo Mogapi - Chief Executive Officer of Lonestar Cell MTN Liberia.
Many subscribers, among them government officials and business people who hail from and are doing business in Lofa and Nimba Counties in particular, have appreciated Lonestar Cell MTN for responding positively to the communication needs of the people, the statement maintained. A Liberian businessman, who lives in Sanniquellie and trades between Liberia, Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire, expressed excitement that he can now effectively access the internet using the Lonestar Cell MTN EDGE Plus devise. According to him, this will not only allow him to make and receive calls, but also will improve his business because of the access to the internet. He praised Lonestar Cell MTN for being a true leader in the telecommunications industry in Liberia and asked that the company continue its site expansion around the country.