Lebanese minister declares fixed network revamp targets

28 Feb 2017

Lebanon’s new telecoms minister Jamal Jarrah has announced a plan to revamp the country’s fixed voice communications network, promising that ‘as soon as the improvements are finished, 500,000 additional landline numbers will become available’ via upgrades being implemented by state-owned telco Ogero in conjunction with the Ministry of Telecommunications (MoT). As reported by Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star, Jarrah was speaking at the project’s launch ceremony, at which he also promised upgraded fibre-optic networks, improved internet services (including faster DSL services nationwide) and the imminent availability of new data bundles, particularly for students. The minister added: ‘This is the first phase of the project to revamp the telecom services in Lebanon and the second phase is to install fibre-optics. We have decided to start the instalment of the fibre-optics from the rural areas all the way to the major cities like Beirut,’ whilst stating that Ogero has promised to complete the installation of the new landlines in a matter of weeks, not months.

Lebanon, Ministry of Telecommunications (MoT), Ogero Telecom