Liberia procures monitoring stations from LS telecom to boost communication infrastructure




LS telcom, a vendor of spectrum management and spectrum monitoring solutions, has announced the installation of multiple LS OBSERVER sensor-based monitoring stations for the Liberian Telecommunications Authority (LTA). The purchase of the systems was facilitated through NetHope (an NGO) as part of a USAID technology package for the country. Following the Ebola crisis in 2014-2015, improvement in communications was identified as a top priority for the country.

Working together with USAID, NetHope selected LS telcom as the ideal technology solution for LTA’s requirements. The acquisition of the LS OBSERVER technology provides LTA with the foundation of spectrum monitoring capability including identification of spectrum conflicts, identification of free spectrum, isolation of dead zones in coverage, and locating rogue networks.

“We are very pleased to have this new capability. As I consider radiofrequency a scarce resource for Liberia, the LS OBSERVER monitoring stations will allow our team to fully optimize spectrum policy and increase the enforcement capability at LTA,” said Henry W. Benson, Commissioner for Engineering & Technology at the LTA, “This technology is a key part of our mission to improve communications for our country.”

“LS telcom is excited to be part of the USAID technology deployment in the African region. As the pace of spectrum management accelerates, regulators need to be equipped with the proper tools and capabilities to stay ahead,” said Casey Joseph, Vice President of Sales and Business Development, “With the LS OBSERVER stations in place, LTA is positioned to modernize their spectrum management capability throughout the country.”

As the African continent deploys next generation wireless networks, regulators must maintain pace with the requisite capabilities to monitor and regulate activity. The LS OBSERVER monitoring system delivers state of the art sensor-based monitoring capabilities across the commercial spectrum. Available in fixed and portable versions, the LS OBSERVER is ideal for regulators to monitor, establish and maintain a spectrum inventory or support spectrum inventory activities, and enforce spectrum usage policies and procedures. As the value of spectrum continues to increase, LS OBSERVER can also be used to identify areas of unused spectrum that can be reallocated and licensed for future use. The technology package is being delivered to Liberia through NetHope, the leading technology NGO in the region. The monitoring systems are part of a larger USAID recovery package for the country.

The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) is the regulatory and competition authority charged with the statutory responsibility to ensure a vibrant telecommunications sector in Liberia. LTA has a mission is to consistently create an enabling environment that promotes market driven fair competition, which provides accessible and affordable communication services for all.

NetHope facilitates collaboration between its nonprofit members, foundations, and tech sponsors, thereby acting as a catalyst for productive innovation and problem solving in humanitarian and conservation work.

LS telcom delivers technologies and services to national and international regulatory bodies, to mobile and broadcast operators, to transport, critical infrastructure, defence, PPDR and vertical markets.

LS telcom operates worldwide with subsidiaries and affiliates in Canada, China, France, South Africa, UAE, UK and USA as well as representations and support offices in Argentina, Hungary and Oman. Its global headquarters are based in Lichtenau, Germany.




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