Globalcom Data Services, a Lebanese alternative communications provider, has contracted French vendor Alcatel to supply it with an end-to-end triple-play broadband solution, with deployment scheduled to start within the next two months. The deal means that Globalcom Data Services could potentially be the first to launch a broadband internet service in Lebanon and be ready to introduce bundled high speed voice, data and video services in the future.
Lebanon’s incumbent fixed line operator, state-owned Organisme de Gestion et d’Exploitation de l’ex société Radio-Orient (Ogero), plans to launch DSL services in the first quarter of 2006 to meet pent-up demand for high speed internet access. Ogero says that although it has had the technology up and running for a long time, problems with sorting out regulations and DSL ISP licences have delayed a full-blown launch. In August 2005 reports in local newspapers accused Ogero of stifling the development of broadband internet in the country because it was content to rake in the high revenues from its dial-up service.