Lebanon cuts internet prices

“We have reached a new stage where we could give citizens the right to access cheap and fast Internet,” Telecom Minister Jamal Jarrah said.
by Annahar Staff

7 June 2017 | 19:14

Source: by Annahar

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The Cabinet meets at the Grand Serail. (Annahar Photo)

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Cabinet on Wednesday significantly cut down internet prices for households, bringing the cost of DSL packages down by around 50 percent, according to Telecom Minister Jamal Jarrah.

Jarrah told reporters following the Cabinet meeting that Ogero, the telecom sector's regulatory authority, is working round the clock to upgrade the country's telecom infrastructure in a bid to improve internet bandwidth for households. “We have reached a new stage where we could give citizens the right to access cheap and fast internet,” the minister said.

The list of the newly announced DSL plans by Ogero is as follows:

- 2 Mbps / Unlimited GB – 60,000 L.L.

- 4 Mbps / Unlimited GB – 90,000 L.L.

- 4 Mbps / 40GB – 24,000 L.L.

- Uncapped bandwidth (speed) / 50GB – 30,000 L.L.

- Uncapped bandwidth / 100GB – 45,000 L.L.

- Uncapped bandwidth / 150GB – 60,000 L.L.

- HDSL / 100GB – 100,000 L.L.

- Uncapped bandwidth / 200GB – 70,000 L.L.

It should be noted, however, that the majority of households across Lebanon that opt for an unlimited bandwidth package will likely experience data transfer rates only up to 12 Mbps since current links between households and service points are made of copper.

Any increase above that bandwidth would require the completion of the fiber optic network. So far only a few big firms, universities, and hospitals are linked to the Internet through a fiber optic network

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