Capitalism, competition, peace and security all go hand in hand. During the war years, Liberians were forced to endure over-priced phones, scratch cards and disrupted call services all because of the lack of competition.
The democratic space today has afforded other cellular companies to risk their venture capitals and invest in the Liberian telecommunications sector. Today, citizens can afford to call their relatives in Monrovia or the United States from a remote village way behind Weama Town in Gbarpolu County, all because of the competition and space created by dint of free enterprise.
The fact that Orange, a world leader in telecommunications with sales of 39 billion Euros in 2014, is entering the Liberian market to take over Cellcom is a swan song to our ears. For those of us that have grown accustomed to using the Cellcom network, with all its added advantages and consumer-hooking perks, we expect nothing less from this global cellular giant.
This is the main reason why we at the Capitol Times wholeheartedly welcome the Orange takeover, and join our president, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in calling on Orange to “expand telecommunication services to our population and interconnectivity to our neighboring countries”.
When our people in the hinterland and far-flung parts of the country are connected with others, a lot of the socio-economic and political conundrums that bedevil them will be things of the past. Through their mobile networks, farmers can easily access information on high-yield seedlings and market outlets for their produce. In short, community members in places where networks had never before reached will be empowered through the mobile connectivity.
With the ensuing 2017 general and presidential elections spying us around the corner, Orange could not have come at a better time.
We welcome you.