Lebanon's mobile operators propose to slash internet services costs

Published September 20th, 2016 - 07:00 GMT
Upon final ministerial approval, the new plans will be effective during the month of October, 2016, according to Touch. (Pexels)
Upon final ministerial approval, the new plans will be effective during the month of October, 2016, according to Touch. (Pexels)

Lebanon’s two mobile operators touch and alfa Monday submitted proposals to Telecom Minister Boutros Harb to reduce the pricing of 4G and other internet services.

The two firms, which operate the mobile networks on behalf of the government, sent these suggestions after Harb called on the companies to submit ideas to reduce the internet charges.

Bader al-Kharafi, chairman of touch and vice chairman of Zain Group, announced a comprehensive range of data plans that cater to the needs of all consumers in Lebanon.

“The new tariff plans, which include marked pricing reductions up to 40 percent, require approval from the Telecommunications Ministry, expected to happen shortly. Upon final ministerial approval, the new plans will be effective during the month of October, 2016,” a statement by touch said.

Kharafi said that touch and Zain Group were working closely with the Lebanese Telecommunications Ministry to ensure consumers across the country enjoy the life-enhancing opportunities that high-speed mobile data services offer.

“This more affordable initiative announced today will result in more of the Lebanese community having access to the power of the internet and becoming part of the global digital community,” he added.

Alfa general manager Marwan Hayek also announced that his company had suggested cutting the prices of internet and 4G subscription between 10 to 20 percent.

Both firms presented the same list of revised 4G rates to the ministry.

According to the new lists, the rate of 4G with a 20 capacity for example will be $59 per months instead of $69.

The 4G capacity offered to consumers ranges between 1.5G and 60G per month.

Touch also said in the statement that WhatsApp bundle has been enhanced to offer more data and is available for $5 for 250MB of data.

“The corporate data plan, which is aimed at enterprise customers, is available for $149 per month for 100GB, representing a 40 percent discount on the existing tariff,” touch said.

 

 

 

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