TRA confirms licensing plans

29 May 2007

Lebanon’s Telecoms Regulatory Authority (TRA) will issue mobile and international telephony licences before the end of the year, its president said yesterday. In a presentation at the International Telecoms Summit in Dubai, Dr Kamal Shehadi said the TRA plans to start issuing mobile and international concessions in the fourth quarter. Lebanon currently has two mobile service providers, MTC Touch and Alfa, run under government-issued management contracts. Shehadi said the authority, which launched earlier this year, had three main objectives for the next twelve months: first, the liberalisation of mobile services through issuing two mobile licences whilst privatising the existing operators; second, liberalising the broadband market including the issuing of new broadband licences; and third, the liberalisation of international services by issuing new gateway licences.