Lebanon’s telecoms minister Nicolas Sehnaoui yesterday announced details of the official launch of 3G services in the country on 1 November by the two state-owned cellcos Alfa and MTC Touch, which are expanding their trial W-CDMA/HSPA services into commercial offerings. The minister revealed that the first available packages on both networks will cost USD19 per month including 500MB of mobile data consumption, and a 100MB package for USD10. Additional data usage will be charged at USD0.04 per 1MB. Pre- and post-paid users will be able to sign up for 3G coverage in the Beirut and Mount Lebanon regions from the beginning of the month, when Alfa and MTC are expected to announce further packages. Sahnaoui also claimed that 4G mobile services will be made available in Lebanon ‘in summer 2012’, enabling speeds of up to 100Mbps, supported by the country’s ongoing rollout of high speed fibre-optic backbone network infrastructure.