Lebanon

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Minister flags upcoming mobile operator tender; 5G tests to be stepped up this year
Ogero trials Nokia fixed access network slicing virtualisation
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Alfa and Nokia will deploy gigabit-capable services, vendor announces
Lebanon’s Cablevision deploying IP-based services
Alfa launching VoLTE, claims Lebanese first
Lebanon licenses three operators to provide FTTH via Ogero’s network
Alfa deploys Nokia AirScale base stations; plans VoLTE this year
Cable Compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments
Ogero awards FTTx contracts to Huawei, Calix, Nokia consortiums
Ogero updates internet strategy targets
Ogero director sets ambitious broadband targets
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Government allocates USD98m for Ogero ahead of fibre push
Cable Compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments
Lebanese broadband tariffs slashed under government directive
Lebanon preparing ‘historic’ fibre tender
Lebanese ISP Connect boosts backbone, access network with InfiNet Wireless
Lebanese minister declares fixed network revamp targets
Minister: 4G to cover ‘85% of Lebanon’ by end-March
Lebanese government gets rid of incumbent telco head
Telecoms minister claims ‘85%’ of Lebanese will have fibre-optic access by end-2017
Lebanese cellcos drop mobile internet prices after minster’s plea
Lebanese incumbent launches LoRaWAN tender
Alfa, Nokia launch Lebanon's first LTE-A network
Touch Lebanon signs ‘4.5G’ contracts, 5G agreements with Huawei, Nokia
New statistics show strong xDSL user growth in Lebanon; fibre access rollout begins with institutions
Alfa signs ‘4.5G’ contracts, 5G MoUs with Ericsson, Nokia
Lebanon to crack down on illegal ISPs
Lebanon’s telecoms minister promises nationwide 4G this year
Another temporary contract extension for Alfa, Touch
Mobile tender fails; telecoms ministry to pick up pieces
New mobile bid deadline 11 Nov, following Orascom reinstatement
Orascom reinstated in mobile contest by court decision
Vodafone out of Lebanese mobile contest
Alfa demos 300Mbps LTE-A on live network; management denies missing state tender deadline
Six line up for Lebanese mobile management contracts; Orascom not among them
Minister says three bidders in running for mobile tender so far
Minister unveils 2020 fibre, 4G, 5G plans
Alfa launching LTE-A ‘soon’
Lebanon's mobile management tender launched
Terms of mobile management contract tender approved
Minister tries to revitalise dormant liberalisation plans
Zain Group’s 2014 revenue, net profit falls on ‘foreign currency revaluation’
Zain may sell mobile transmitter towers in some of its markets
Africell courts US private equity firms
Major mobile groups interested in running Lebanese networks, says minister
Alfa fined for network outage
Telecoms minister presents three options for cellcos’ future
Alfa Mobile TV launched using Argela platform
Tighter regulations expected to help fulfil DSL speed boost
Alfa and Touch sign up 2.35m mobile data users
ISP upgrades ready 1 July, notwithstanding incumbent encumbrance
Ogero-Liban Telecom liberalisation plans revived
Telecoms price reductions taking effect 1 June
Minister threatens cellcos with contract termination over service problems
Zain, OTMT extend Lebanese mobile contracts for further three months
Lebanon cuts pre-paid card calling rates in half
Alfa launches own app store
Alfa tests VoLTE on live network, launch scheduled for year-end
Lebanese cellcos launch NFC payments
Alfa offers Anghami music
Zain Group reports 3.9% drop in 2013 revenues
Touch launches Android app store
Alfa management contract extended alongside Touch
Zain’s management agreement of Touch extended for three months
Orange Business and Solidere sign two-year IPTV contract extension
Touch, Alfa contracts extended to end of year
All 170 DSL-enabled exchanges linked to new high speed fibre backbone, ‘whole country to follow’
Mobile tender still not ready, licences extended again
Touch launches commercial LTE
Alfa launches commercial LTE in Beirut
70% of phones illegally imported, officials claim at launch of IMEI scheme
MoT suspends Safico’s preliminary VoIP award as it hammers out licensing details
Touch, Huawei trial 250Mbps LTE FDD 800MHz/1800MHz carrier aggregation
Lebanon, Cyta sign Europa cable construction MoU, Alexandros capacity agreement
Minister given two months to prepare mobile tender terms
New mobile tender on the cards, government adviser says
Alfa invites the 4G-curious to LTE test
Cabinet releasing delayed USD1.2bn in telecoms revenue funding to municipalities
Alfa implements pre-paid voice roaming
Minister plans mobile sector overhaul
April 2013 date set for domestic fibre completion, paving way for 4G, FTTH
Alfa tests LTE
Grin and Beirut: Touch feels one more year before 3G makes total sense
Cellco’s brand image gets a Touch up
Alfa optimising 3G network with Astellia
National fibre upgrade to be finished ‘within months’
STC remains interested in Lebanon
MTC allows Alfa roaming
Future is Orange for Solidere
Real estate firm makes plans for FTTB Beirut network with Cisco
Another 60 exchange areas get 1Mbps-plus services
95% of exchanges to receive improved DSL soon
USD110m pledged for mobile networks
ADSL upgrade reaches 56 regions
Cooperation on EUROPA Cyprus-Lebanon cable confirmed
ADSL prices now below Arab average for capped plans; 3G prices above average
Minister reveals commercial 3G packages to launch on 1 November
Ogero says DSL equipment now in place to deliver promised speeds
Lebanese 3G pilots take off
October DSL speed increase eagerly anticipated
Bandwidth bonanza boosts buoyant Beirut: submarine link finally on
TRA powers suspended to protect 3G launch
Ministry says mobile users reach 3m, tariffs to drop by 25%-50%
Cedarcom confirms position against Lebanon’s 3G plans
Alfa partners Ericsson to roll out Lebanon’s first W-CDMA/HSPA network
Alfa bets on another year with Orascom
Two ISPs sue telecoms ministry
New VoIP clampdown in Lebanon
Lebanon cuts expectations of mobile privatisation proceeds in half
Telecoms Minister announces fibre upgrades, DSL expansion
Orascom's management contract of Alfa extended until July
Mobile network privatisation decision by year-end, says minister
Alfa launches BlackBerry, continues strengthening network
Etisalat expecting Libyan licence by year-end; eyes Lebanese market
Cyta signs cooperation agreements with STE and OGERO
Lebanon's Alfa updates network rollout progress
Ogero’s IP development is in the Zhone
Alfa throws down gauntlet to MTC Touch
MTC Touch expands capacity to 1.2m, deploys 150 new sites
Ericsson completes phase 1 of Alfa’s network modernisation
Etisalat to bid for Syrian mobile licence, still interested in Lebanon
Mobi to expand iBurst access to nearly three-quarters of population
New cable to boost internet, expected in two months
Zain renews MTC Touch contract for a year, Orascom to manage Alfa
France Telecom, Zain and Orascom bid to operate mobile networks
Mobile privatisation: buck passes to next government
Government approves plan to improve mobile services, signals the end of Alfa contract
That’s rich: mobile capacity to be increased to bump up auction value
Minister reveals ADSL expansion plans
Privatisation decision this month
Kuwaiti conglomerate lines up for Lebanese licence
New cabinet opens door for mobile privatisation
Politics delays Lebanon’s mobile auction again
Zain confirms Lebanon bid
PESCO deploys Aperto WiMAX infrastructure
Alfa signs up NSN to replace base stations
Lebanon postpones mobile network sale
Lebanese mobile auction: Qtel in
Comium and Redline aim for nationwide WiMAX coverage by mid-2008
Orascom to join Zain, Batelco in Lebanon mobile auction
Zain wants to remain in Lebanon
Lebanon’s mobile privatisation set for February
Minister promises to address costly mobile calls
TRA confirms licensing plans
ADSL now available in Lebanon
Cedarcom to offer ADSL based on Nokia-Siemens platform
Cedarcom joins iBurst roaming agreement
DSL date now set for 5 May
Minister still expects mobile licensing this year
Lebanon’s new regulator set for launch
MTN back on acquisition trail in Middle East
Lebanese cellular sell-off expected in September/October
Cedarcom deploys mobile broadband access network
Alcatel and GDS trial Lebanese WiMAX
DSL to launch in March
Lebanon telecoms liberalisation ‘still on track’
Investcom’s subscribers up 86%
Operators count cost of war
MTN pays USD3.6 billion first installment for Investcom
Lebanese government plans privatisation windfall
Cellis arbitration argument rumbles on
Ogero slashes international tariffs to combat illegal call services
MTN to acquire Investcom for USD5.5 billion; Investcom to pull out of Millicom bid
Five year programme calls for telecoms sell-off
Syria accused of SIM card violations in Lebanon
Lebanese broadband launch looks nearer with Alcatel deal
DSL due in March/April, ‘European’ prices promised
Lebanon prepares for DSL in 2006
New Ogero head criticises state handling of mobile market
Minister wants 100% privatisation plan approved by December
Mobile operator demands apology from former minister
MTC denies PM murder probe
Investcom launches Dubai IPO
Investcom plans double IPO
Ogero to blame for low internet penetration
New PM backs privatisation plan
MTC to make government an offer for Lebanese cellco
Suit against Lebanese government thrown out of US court
Outgoing telecoms minister remains bullish about four year reign
Pre-pay rates are highest in the Middle East
State to counter-sue following US court ruling
Government guilty of dishonourable disqualification over mobile management
State locked in argument with FT over Cellis
State-backed cellcos boost revenues in 2004
Preparation of new privatisation process made a priority
Country faced with mobile boycott
Lebanon braces itself for Thursday’s mobile boycott
Unions urge mobile subscribers to boycott airwaves
MTC and Detecon will take over mobile networks by June
Nine bids received for mobile network management
One more try for mobile privatisation
Mobile privatisation delayed
Government to investigate botched bidding
Government begins telecoms privatisation
Mobile privatisation finally gathers momentum
Regulating Lebanon: an end to the bickering
Wataniya mulls Lebanese partnership plan