Country faced with mobile boycott

17 Aug 2004

Lebanon has been hit by its second mobile phone boycott in a month, organized by around 22 unions and committees in the country. The campaigners, which are expected to cost the government as much as USD2.8 million, believe that the authorities and operators are dragging their feet when it comes to making the mobile sector more competitive because revenues from wireless services are currently the government’s third highest source of income – after customs and VAT. The boycott demands a series of changes, including charging on a per-second basis instead of per-minute, abolishing the monthly contract requirement for fixed cellular phone lines and reducing the cost of pre-paid charging cards by 30%.