Lebanon’s telecoms market holds a unique position in the Middle East given the level of government involvement. While most incumbents in the region are government owned, within Lebanon, government ownership also extends to the country’s two mobile operators.
The government-owned mobile networks are operated by private companies in return for a management fee, with all revenue going to the government. The two networks are currently operated by Zain of Kuwait (Touch) and Orascom of Egypt (Alfa).
Lebanon has improved its fixed infrastructure in recent years, driven by the telecoms ministry. Plans were introduced which saw new landlines and fibre-optic networks installed as well as faster DSL services.
Recently licenses were awarded which allow the three existing services providers to operate and supply FttH services to consumers, using Ogero’s government-owned network. To facilitate this further; in 2019 Ogero became one of the first in the world to conduct a commercial trial of a fixed network slicing solution deployed to its FttH network.
Looking at the mobile sector; both operators have deployed 4G LTE services, underpinning a drive into mobile broadband and presenting a strong alternative to existing fixed offerings. The operators are also preparing for 5G and in 2018 the first successful 5G trial was conducted in Lebanon. The telecoms minister is currently developing 5G test base stations.
Ogero Telecom, Touch (Zain), Alfa Telecom (Orascom).
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Last updated 10 Jul 2019
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