LibanCell brings mobile Internet to Lebanon

LibanCell, the GSM mobile telephony operator for Lebanon, has teamed with Cisco Systems to implement a new generation of GSM services across Lebanon in a $5 million project.

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By  Kieran Potts Published  November 25, 2001

LibanCell, the GSM mobile telephony operator for Lebanon, has teamed with Cisco Systems to implement a new generation of GSM services across Lebanon in a $5 million project.

The new GPRS-based system will give LibanCell subscribers high-speed access to the Internet or their corporate intranet via their mobile phones.

Once online, it will be the first time a GPRS mobile service has covered the entire country. GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) is a transitional technology that allows users to overcome the data limitations of GSM. GPRS will allow mobile users to access comprehensive multimedia services from their cell phone, PDA or wireless laptop computer.

“This is a great technological leap for Lebanon,” said Hussein Rafai, chairman and general manager of Libancell. “We have crossed the bridge from the old world of mobile communication — where we could hear another person’s voice but not see their face, or where we could send small text messages but not see a detailed map.”

LibanCell claims that right from the start users will enjoy a three to fourfold increase in data transfer speeds, with ultimately up to a tenfold increase.

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