Who We Are

Who We Are

The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) is the regulatory and competition authority charged with the statutory responsibility to ensure a vibrant telecommunications sector in Liberia. The LTA was created by the Telecommunications ACT of 2007 (Telecom Act 2007).

The LTA consist of a five (5) member Board of Commissioners (BoC) appointed by the President of Liberia subject to confirmation by the Liberian Senate. The President designates one of the five Commissioners to serve as Chairperson.
All major decisions of the LTA are ideally reached by consensus issue with a simple majority vote.

The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) consist of 5 (five) Departments

Provides administrative, operational, and logistical and procurement support for all Departments through coordination with other departments to ensure that the LTA is functional and operational by maximizing the value of its human and physical assets. This Department is responsible to create public awareness about the LTA the content of all public communications disseminated via print and electronic media, including the LTA website. The Department In coordination with other Departments in the LTA, as may be applicable, the Department is likewise responsible for reviewing and vetting for legal sufficiency and implementation, all regulations, orders, and rules for the sector and is responsible for developing legal contracts for compliance. The Department is the official representative of the LTA for all legal proceedings.

The Department of Government & Consumer Affairs liaise and interact with all branches of Government to ensure that telecommunications sector issues are addressed in national programs and policies. The Department also handles consumer issues and is responsible for coordination of the Universal Access Program. The Department is responsible for continuously monitoring and facilitating the implementation of national, regional and international deliverables, and ensuring that national policy matters that relate to telecommunications / ICT are addressed by the Board of Commissioners (BoC).

The Department of Engineering & Technology (E&T) is responsible for managing and monitoring spectrum and spectrum-related matters, including National Numbering resources. The Department is also responsible for ensuring that all types of telecommunications equipment and network infrastructures internal and external to the LTA are type-approved and meet international quality standards; ensure that spectrum users adhere to license / unlicensed bandwidth requirements and established network quality standards. The Department is responsible for all information technology needs of the LTA as well.

The Department of Licensing & Regulations (LRD) is responsible for scoping market conditions and making recommendations to the BOC for developing and supporting implementation of tariff programs, regulations and rate structures, recommending new service types and ensuring that service providers are properly authorized to operate in the country. The Department in coordination with the Legal Section and Engineering Department, play a pivotal role in processing new license applications, performing due diligence on new applications to provide services, analyzing operators network data and conducting market studies and analyses.

The International Gateway Services (IGS) Department is responsible for managing the International Gateway Monitoring System (IGMS), which measures and monitors traffic flow at all interconnections between networks for Fraud Management, Revenue Accounting and Quality of Service (QoS) Management purposes. The IGS shall be the focal point for the LTA’s oversight of the Internet Exchange Point (IXP), which is a physical infrastructure through which Internet service providers (ISPs) and Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) exchange Internet traffic between their networks. In addition, IGS is the focal point for the LTA’s oversight of Liberia’s Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) to ensure equitable access, transparent administration and to help create a predictable environment for accessing the ccTLD.

Some of the key functions of the LTA include:

Mission

To consistently create an enabling environment that promotes market driven fair competition, which provides accessible and affordable communication services for all.

Vision

The premier regulatory authority, providing trusted leadership in the creation of a vibrant socio-economic environment through the effective use of telecommunications and Information Communications Technologies (ICT).