Last updated: 9 Sep 2020 Update History
Report Pages: 71
Analyst: Sebastien De Rosbo
Prior to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis that has swept the world, Lebanon was progressing well with its 5G plans, with the major operator Touch having launched the country’s first 5G base station in September 2019.
Lebanon had also improved its fixed infrastructure in recent years, driven by the Ministry of Telecommunications. Plans were introduced which saw new landlines and fibre-optic networks installed as well as faster DSL services.
Although the is mounting demand for both fixed and mobile services in Lebanon, the country has been beset with a long-term economic malaise, to which has been added the economic difficulties resulting from measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 as also the devastation of the port in Beirut following an explosion in August 2020.
The Ministry of Telecommunications took over management of the MNO Alfa in early September 2020, while its takeover of Touch is expected to be completed by the end of the month.
BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains all around the world. During this time, the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device and ICT equipment production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to source necessary equipment or manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may also be postponed or slowed down in some countries.
On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is likely to be impacted by large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. In contrast, there may be rising demand for reliable high-speed services from households, education institutions and healthcare services including tele-health. It is largely unknown what the long-term impacts will be as the crisis develops.
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