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Lebanon to launch 3G in November

The 3G service will start at $19 per month for 500MB, says Lebanon’s telecom minister.

Lebanon to launch 3G in November
Lebanon's two state-owned operators Alfa and MTC Touch are to offer 3G services in the country.

Lebanon's mobile operators, Alfa and MTC Touch are due to launch 3G services in early November, according to Lebanon's telecoms minister.

3G services will start at $19 per month for 500MB, said Nicolas Sehnaoui, Telecoms Minister of Lebanon as reported in The Daily Star, a local newspaper.

Alfa and MTC will also announce rates for other packages in early November, the report added.

However, Riad Bahsoun, an expert at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) said: "It's good news that we're launching this service, and the administration should be given credit. But it's not being done in the best environment.

"The efficiency of 3G very much relies on the backbone of bandwidth. We'll need three to four years before it's completely operational," he added.

The report also quoted an advisor to the ministry saying that high-speed broadband internet should be available throughout the country in the coming two weeks, as the government works out technical issues in order to make the new service available to all users.

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