Liberia launches 4G mobile Internet technology

cellLiberia's mobile Internet technology has received a facelift after the country launched its first 4G network

Cellcom GSM, based in the West African country, announced the launch of the technology and claimed that it was the most advanced mobile Internet technology in the world at present.

Cellcom also said it believed that the technology would double its current Internet speeds and allow users to experience unprecedented upload and download speeds.

“We are changing Liberia with the launch of the 4G technology,” said Liberian vice president Joseph Boakai.

Cellcom chief executive officer Avishai Marziano said, “The 4G technology will help a large portion of the population. We expect this to affect education, the press, health, transportation, security and all aspects of Liberia in a very positive way.

“With the new technology, the browsing speed cellular network will exceed by 100 times that of our competitors and 10 times that of 3G networks,” added Marziano.

A Monrovia-based publication described the launch of the new 4G network as a "first-of-its-kind" event in Liberia.

"The technology is now being used by some of the largest cellular phone companies in the US and Europe and only a handful of countries in Africa have been able to deploy 4G,” the publication said. 

Cellcom chief corporate communications strategist, Kimmie Weeks, said Liberia would now be ahead of many African nations, including South Africa in deployment of 4G technology.

“With the introduction of 4G, Cellcom has essentially set Liberia ahead of the rest of Africa and on a par with Europe and the United States in terms of mobile Internet speeds,” Weeks remarked.

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