Orange Liberia Sets to Execute The Liberia Telecommunication Authority’s Surcharges on Voice Calls and Data Services

by The People News
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MONROVIA – Days after the Supreme Court of Liberia handed down its ruling against Orange Liberia, the company has announced to the public that it is prepared execute surcharges on mobile voice and data services as imposed by the Liberia Telecommunication Authority.

The company made the announcement through a Press Release on Monday.

“In the wake of Thursday September 3rd’s ruling from Liberia’s Supreme Court against Orange Liberia, the company says it takes note of the decision and will now execute surcharges on mobile voice and data services. In February 2019, the Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) released LTA Order: 0016-02-25-19 which introduced floor prices on voice and data calls. This order was implemented on September 2019 and led to the cancellation of the widely popular “3 days free calls.” The order mandated that within six months of passage, there would be another automatic imposition of surcharges of $0.008 per minute on voice on-net calls and $0.00065 per MB (or $0.6656 per GB) on data.”

It can be recalled that the Supreme Court of Liberia ruled in favor of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority’s (LTA) imposition of surcharges on every minute of voice call and megabyte of internet data on September 3, 2020 after Orange Liberia challenged LTA at the Civil Law Court on the introduction of mobile voice on-net and data surcharges in its new Order: 0016-02-25-19, Part IV.

According to Orange Liberia, GSM companies are now awaiting a date from the LTA to commence the imposition of the additional surcharges and increase the prices of voice and data services.

“With the ruling from the Supreme Court, GSM companies will now await a date from the LTA to commence the imposition of the additional surcharges and increase accordingly the prices of voice and data services.”

The Company has vowed to abide by the rules, laws and regulations of
Liberia as it does in all countries where it operates.

“Orange strictly abides to the rules, laws and regulations of Liberia as it does in all countries where it operates and is proud to being recognized by the Liberia Revenues Authority (LRA) as the first tax payer in Liberia since 2018. The
company thanks its valuable customers for their loyalty and remains committed to providing them the best services with the most affordable prices.”

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