Minister reveals ADSL expansion plans

29 Sep 2008

Lebanese newspaper the Daily Star writes that, according to Telecoms Minister Jebran Bassil, state-run Ogero Telecom has begun the second phase of its ADSL expansion. The minister told a press conference that Ogero has installed ADSL in 32 exchanges in Beirut, Tripoli, Sidon, Zahle and some parts of Mount Lebanon. The first phase of its plan involves the installation of ADSL in 13 exchanges in Beirut and its suburbs and will be completed by the end of October. The second phase will see the installation of ADSL in 27 exchanges in Byblos, Batroun and other regions in the north of the country. Bassil said he hoped that by 2010 all PSTN exchanges would be equipped with ADSL and that nearly 80% of fixed line subscribers would have access to broadband services. ‘At present, there are five data service providers (DSPs) and seven ISPs in Lebanon and all of them are competing in terms of prices and services,’ the minister said, adding that over the past 18 months, the number of ADSL subscribers had risen to 58,000. According to the Star, official statistics show that the number of internet subscribers in Lebanon is 330,000, 8% of which are using ADSL.

Lebanon, Ogero Telecom