Two ISPs sue telecoms ministry

14 Feb 2011

Lebanese internet service providers (ISPs) Cedarcom and Broadband Plus have filed a joint lawsuit against the country’s Ministry of Telecommunications (MoT) for ‘disallowing’ them from providing DSL broadband services, reports local newspaper The Daily Star. The lawsuit, filed on 7 February, asserts that the MoT violated a memorandum of understanding between the ministry, national PTO Ogero Telecom, and a number of private sector internet providers. Cedarcom and Broadband Plus complain that they set up equipment in preparation for the introduction of DSL in Lebanon in 2007, only to find that the government prevented them from providing the service, leading to the loss of ‘millions of dollars’.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, ADSL services were officially inaugurated in Lebanon over Ogero’s network in May 2007, with ISPs and Data Service Providers (DSPs) permitted to offer services via wholesale agreements with the incumbent telco. Cedarcom provides broadband services using fixed/wireless platforms including iBurst and pre-WiMAX technology, but also previously announced plans to roll out extensive ADSL services.

Lebanon, Cedarcom (Mobi), Ogero Telecom