Liberia mobile phone penetration rises to 42 pc, survey By TERRENCE SESAY in Monrovia | Tuesday, August 6  2013 at  11:21

Mobile phones penetration in Liberia is rising. PHOTO | XINHUA 

Mobile phone penetration in Liberia now stands at 42 per cent, according to a government-backed survey.

Some 1.5 million Liberians out of the total 3.5 million population have access to a cell phone, the study done by the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) and West African Regional Communications Infrastructure Program (WARCIP) shows.

Internet penetration, while rising, remains low with only 2.8 per cent of the population having access, up from 1.5 per cent.

The rise in penetration is attributed to increased traffic following the introduction of 3G services, as well as growth in operators' networks.

LTA chairperson Angelique E. Weeks said that the number of telephone and internet subscribers have surpassed the authority’s initial two-year target.

She was speaking at a joint LTA/WARCIP workshop to review the country's telecommunications industry over the weekend.

The LTA regulates the industry including implementing the Telecoms Act.