The LTA Brought the IGMS to Completion in Liberia with the Assistance of its Partner Global Voice Group
MONROVIA, Liberia, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
Expected benefits of the IGMS Telecom Monitoring System include: increased revenue for
the State and the operators, quality of service improvement, fraud mitigation, and jobs
Global Voice Group (GVG) is proud to announce that the International Gateway
Management System (IGMS), commissioned by the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA),
is now fully operational.
The IGMS has been officially inaugurated on April 17, 2013, in Monrovia, at the
premises of the Network Operation Center built by GVG. The event attracted several
stakeholders from the telecommunications industry and the government, including the
following: His Excellency Mr. Joseph Nyumah Boakai, Vice-President of Liberia, Madam
Angelique Weeks, Chairperson of the LTA, LTA’s Board of Commissioners, His Excellency Dr.
Frederick B. Norke, Minister of Posts & Telecommunications, Mr. Abdullah L. Kamara, LTA
Commissioner in charge of the project, Hon. John Ballout, Chairman of the Senate Committee
on Telecommunication, Hon. Nimene Batekwa, Chairman of the House Committee on
Telecommunications, Mr. Graeme Bowker, Director of Business Development at GVG, His
Excellency Mr. Zotawon TITUS, Deputy Minister for Technical Affairs, and GSM operators.
By implementing the IGMS, the Republic of Liberia and its telecoms regulatory
authority adopt a proactive approach of regulation based on ICT tools and real-time data
collection. As a state-of-the-art system used to monitor and enforce compliance with
Liberia’s regulations pertaining to international interconnections, the IGMS is expected
to generate significant additional revenue for both the State and the local operators. The
new system also empowers the LTA to effectively intervene in the two following key areas:
elimination of fraudulent grey traffic and overall improvement of the quality of service
delivered to end-users in Liberia.
Among other positive outcomes, the IGMS will also create employment opportunities for
Liberians. The LTA alone has announced the hiring of 23 new staffs.
In her welcome speech, Madam Weeks stressed the benefits of the project for the
country. “Telecommunication is one of the biggest catalysts to economic growth, she said.
(…) So we must do all we can to make the best of [this sector] in Liberia to the benefit
of the government and people…”
Along similar lines, Vice-President Joseph Nyumah Bokai noted that the IGMS will
enhance the effective monitoring of the telecoms sector in Liberia. “This mechanism, he
said, is a new source of revenue being established by the LTA for the government of
Liberia.” According to Mr. Abdullah L. Kamara, this additional revenue for the State is
estimated to be between US$ 5 to 7 million per year.
Overall, the IGMS will provide the government and the regulator of Liberia with the
ICT tools and infrastructure they need to acquire visibility over the telecom sector in
the country. As Patrice Baker, CEO of GVG, pointed out: “Regulatory authorities need to
get a clear and comprehensive picture of the telecom markets under their jurisdictions.
They need more than just periodic reports and incomplete data. Good governance today
entails the capacity to collect data on an ongoing basis and actually monitor the sector
you have been entrusted to regulate. The mission of GVG is basically to provide this
Founded in 1998, GVG develops implements and operates governance technologies
specifically designed with the telecoms regulators in mind. Its advanced traffic and fraud
management systems are currently being used successfully in seven countries. GVG is a
sector member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
SOURCE Global Voice Group