Alfa throws down gauntlet to MTC Touch

11 May 2009

Lebanese mobile network operator Alfa has presented its operational achievements for the three-month period since Egypt’s Orascom Telecom took over its management. Alfa’s CEO Samer Salameh announced that the cellco’s subscriber base is on the verge of reaching a million, and that the company will soon complete the process of expanding its network to cover the entire territory of Lebanon. He added that in February-April 2009 Alfa completed the installation and upgrade of 278 radio base stations, and now has the capacity to handle over a million subscribers. Priority has been assigned to quality of service and enhancing network performance across the country, and to this end an extensive network optimisation plan was initiated at the beginning of this month. Mr Salameh claimed: ‘Alfa was able to completely overhaul its old infrastructure in record time and is now ready to recapture its rightful place as the telecom leader in Lebanon.’ Alfa has recently fallen behind fellow state-owned GSM operator MTC Touch Lebanon in terms of subscriber growth and network performance, which was a factor in the government cancelling its previous Saudi-German management team’s contract late last year. Orascom began its management tenure at Alfa on 1 February 2009, whilst Kuwait-based Zain Group renewed its contract to continue running MTC Touch.

Lebanon, Alfa (MIC 1)