Lebanese cellcos drop mobile internet prices after minster’s plea

22 Sep 2016

Lebanese cellular operator Alfa said it was implementing price cuts for mobile internet and 4G voice/data packages following a recent appeal by Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb to help Lebanon’s consumers, The Daily Star reports, whilst fellow cellco Touch Lebanon is expected to follow suit. Alfa CEO Marwan Hayek announced the launch of two new post-paid packages offering discounts of ‘up to 53%’ in addition to a drop in internet bundle rates of between 10% and 20% depending on the bundle, in cooperation with the Ministry of Telecommunications (MoT) and in line with the minister’s gradual rate decrease strategy. ‘We will begin applying the discounted rates Monday morning,’ Hayek stated. ‘The Telecoms Ministry decided to cut the prices of mobile internet,’ Minister Harb said in a tweet, adding that the decision was part of the ministry’s policy to secure universal internet access. The Star adds that Harb later called on the two state-owned, private sector-managed cellcos to submit new proposed 4G rate lists, according to which a one-month, 20GB 4G subscription will cost USD59 per month instead of USD69. Consumers can buy 4G data packages ranging from 1.5GB to 60GB per month.