Lebanon - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Lebanon focuses on fixed network improvements

Significant improvements are planned for Lebanon’s fixed network, according to Lebanon’s telecoms minister Jamal Jarrah. The plans should result in new landlines, the installation of fibre-optic networks and faster DSL services. Ogero Telecom is working in conjunction with the government to deploy the planned works.

The improvements will be welcomed by consumers and enterprises alike. Lebanon has trailed behind other countries in the region in almost all aspects of broadband networks and services. ADSL services were not launched until 2007 and broadband has been available at only low speeds and at high prices. This has changed somewhat in the last couple of years with proactive measures being made to reduce prices, but speed is still an issue.

4G services have been available in Lebanon since 2013 and initially the coverage was only small. During 2016 both Touch and Alfa implemented substantial 4G upgrades and expansions, supported by Huawei, Nokia and Ericsson. By the end of March 2017, according to the Telecoms Minister, there would be an 85% coverage of 4G mobile broadband across most parts of Lebanon.

The improvements to Lebanon’s broadband infrastructure will boost the already flourishing digital economy as well as the start-up culture that has attracted international interest and recognition.

Key developments:

  • By the end of 2017 it was expected there will be 85% coverage of fibre-optic networks in Lebanon.
  • The tendering of Lebanon’s mobile network management contracts has stalled. In the interim, Kuwait’s Zain Group continues to manage Touch Lebanon and Egypt’s Orascom continues to manage Alfa.
  • The 2020 Telecom Vision project by the MoT will also see improvements in fibre-optic infrastructure with plans for the entire country to be covered by 2020.

Companies covered in this report include:

Ogero Telecom, Touch, Alfa Telecom, Cable One, Cedarcom, GlobalCom Data Services (GDS), Pesco Telecom, Sodetel, IDM/Cyberia, TerraNet, Cinemoz, Leap Ventures, Telly, ICFlix Media, OSN, Viamobile, PinPay.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive summary
  • 2. Key statistics
    • 2.1 Country overview
  • 3. Telecommunications market
    • 3.1 Historical overview
    • 3.2 Market analysis
    • 3.3 Recent developments
      • 3.3.1 Telecom Vision 2020
  • 4. Regulatory environment
    • 4.1 Background
    • 4.2 Regulatory authority
    • 4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Lebanon
    • 4.4 Privatisation
      • 4.4.1 Ogero Telecom
    • 4.5 Mobile regulatory issues
      • 4.5.1 Overview
      • 4.5.2 Lebanon’s current mobile contracts
      • 4.5.3 Open international tender 2015
      • 4.5.4 Spectrum
      • 4.5.5 Interconnect
      • 4.5.6 Counterfeit mobile devices regulation
  • 5. Fixed network operator
    • 5.1 Ogero Telecom
  • 6. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 6.1 National telecom network
      • 6.1.1 MoT Project
    • 6.2 International infrastructure
      • 6.2.1 Submarine cable networks
  • 7. Broadband access market
    • 7.1 Market analysis
    • 7.2 Broadband statistics
    • 7.3 Competition issues
      • 7.3.1 Data service providers
    • 7.4 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 7.5 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
    • 7.6 Other fixed broadband services
      • 7.6.1 Fixed wireless (WiFi and WiMAX)
      • 7.6.2 Internet via satellite (Ku band services)
  • 8. Digital economy
    • 8.1 Overview
      • 8.1.1 Start-ups in Lebanon
      • 8.1.2 MIEP project
    • 8.2 E-commerce/e-banking
    • 8.3 E-government
    • 8.4 E-education
      • 8.4.1 Mobile Learning (m-learning)
      • 8.4.2 PC and Internet penetration
    • 8.5 E-health
      • 8.5.1 Digital technologies assist refugees in Lebanon and the Middle East
  • 9. Digital media
    • 9.1 Advertising
    • 9.2 Videostreaming
    • 9.3 Social media
    • 9.4 Cloud technology and ICT
    • 9.5 Music
  • 10. Mobile communications
    • 10.1 Market analysis
    • 10.2 Mobile statistics
      • 10.2.1 General statistics
    • 10.3 Mobile voice
      • 10.3.1 Prepaid
      • 10.3.2 Satellite mobile
      • 10.3.3 Mobile VoIP
    • 10.4 Mobile data
      • 10.4.1 OTT messaging services
    • 10.5 Mobile broadband statistics
    • 10.6 Mobile infrastructure
      • 10.6.1 GSM, 3G
      • 10.6.2 4G LTE
    • 10.7 IoT and M2M networks
    • 10.8 Major mobile operators
      • 10.8.1 Touch (operated by Zain)
      • 10.8.2 Alfa
    • 10.9 Mobile handsets
  • 11. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics – Lebanon - 2018
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2018
  • Table 3 – Fixed broadband statistics – 2017
  • Table 4 – Mobile statistics – 2018
  • Table 5 – National telecommunications authorities
  • Table 6 – Evolution of GDP and inflation in Lebanon – 2012 - 2018
  • Table 7 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2006 - 2018
  • Table 8 – Internet user and penetration estimates – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 9 – Lebanon - broadband subscribers by access technology – 2013; 2015
  • Table 10 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2002 - 2017
  • Table 11 – Household PC penetration – 2002 - 2016
  • Table 12 – Lebanon – total advertising spend and online advertising spend – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 13 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
  • Table 14 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 15 – Mobile operators’ market share – 2009 – 2017
  • Table 16 – Active mobile broadband subscriptions – 2011 - 2018
  • Table 17 – Touch mobile subscribers – 2005 – 2017
  • Table 18 – Alfa – mobile subscribers – 2009 - 2017
  • Chart 1 – Mobile operators – subscriber market share – 2009 - 2017

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