Ericsson Shows Intent for 3G Network in Lebanon

Published April 7th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

A full-scale mobile internet network for Lebanon may be three years away, but Ericsson displayed great eagerness in putting down its stakes to become a supplier of third generation (3G) mobile communications infrastructure in Lebanon, The Daily Star reported.  

Stefan Johansson, new president of Ericsson Lebanon was quoted by the daily as saying that Ericsson has the “ambition to be No.1 in the mobile internet,” and wants to build 3G, or UMTS, networks for one or several Lebanese clients.”  

Johansson spoke during the Lebanon stop of an 11-country marketing roadshow for the company’s 3G technology, offering a mix of promotional videoclips, taped interviews and well-rehearsed, gesture-rich presentations by Lebanese and European Ericsson representatives. 

To offer viable mobile internet services in Lebanon, the needs of the users must be well researched, he added, but the country also needs “to deregulate the market and have a new competitive market as soon as possible –

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