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Lebanon goes 3G

Vendors Ericsson and Huawei are chosen for 3G deployments in the country

Mobile operators Alfa and MTC Touch are to deploy 3G technologies in Lebanon.
Mobile operators Alfa and MTC Touch are to deploy 3G technologies in Lebanon.

Lebanese mobile operators, Alfa and MTC Touch, are to upgrade their networks to 3G.

Alfa, managed by Orascom Telecom Holding, has chosen Ericsson to upgrade its network to 3G/HSPA+ technology across the country. Tarek Saadi, president, Ericsson in North Middle East, said: "Mobile broadband has transformed societies around the globe and has proven to improve productivity as well as education in effect increasing national wealth."

The Chinese vendor, Huawei Technologies, has signed an agreement with MTC Lebanon to deploy 3G technology for MTC Touch network, on behalf of the Lebanon's ministry of telecommunications. Under the terms of the agreement, Huawei will integrate the end-to-end network solution including the provision of RAN and packet switching, and provide professional turnkey services for the entire MTC Touch network.

Setting the pace for its operations in Lebanon, last year in June, Huawei carried out the Middle East LTE road show in the country with live LTE and mobile broadband demonstrations in a dedicated articulated vehicle. The two week road show was held under the patronage of Charbel Nahhas, Lebanon's minister of telecommunications.

The total number of mobile subscriptions in the country increased by 20.7% reaching 2,752,580 subscribers as of September 2010, according to The Daily Star, a local newspaper.