Lebanon's interim Telecoms Minister, Charbel Nahhas has confirmed that the country's two mobile networks will launch their 3G services by the middle of this summer.
"No one can stop us from launching the 3G, and not even a new government, because we have already signed the contracts needed for that purpose," Nahhas told The Daily Star.There are concerns that legal action from an ISP, Cedarcom could delay the launch as it is claiming that the government doesn't have the authority to issue the 3G licenses.
The company also says that the regulatory regime is blocking it from selling landline DSL based services, which it consideres to be unfair and unjust competition. Nahhas said the overhaul of the IT infrastructure would pave the way for private firms to compete by providing the best Internet services at competitive prices. But he added that there are some aspects of risk incurred by the telecommunications sector and cited Lebanon's experience in this respect.