Lebanon braces itself for Thursday’s mobile boycott

13 Jul 2004

Pressure groups and organisations lobbying for a reduction in mobile phone prices are gearing up for a mobile phone boycott this Thursday and calling on the Telecommunications Minister Jean Loius Qordahi to resign if the cabinet fails to drop call rates. More than 15 lobby groups are petitioning for operators to charge by the second and not by the minute and to cancel the USD27.50 basic fee which is deemed too high. In addition, they are calling on the government to lower the per-minute cost of fixed line calls by 30% and charge less during off-peak hours. The boycott, which the various groups claim will be successful, aims to deprive the state of its daily income of USD2.8 million from the mobile sector.