The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has termed as “illegal and arbitrary increase in the 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 in a release said, under relevant provisions of the Liberia Telecommunications Act of 2007, no ‘Term Services” can be increased without its approval.
“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 telecommunications authority said in its release.
“The New Term of Services” been promoted is far in excess of what is required for the implementation of any order and designed for profiteering and political purposes.
The Mobile Network Operators have been given 12 hours to rescind “this illegal price increase or face appropriate punitive measures.”