If the recent interview with MTC Tourch boss Claude Bassil which was held by a Lebanese newspaper is to be believed, then the main point that stands out is that the third generation mobile services are all set to modernize Lebanon’s economy.
Users will now be able to take the advantage of more than the 40Mb/s speed of internet broadband, which is the result of the telecommunication operators that are progressing with 3.9G HSPA+ networking. Users will be excited to know that it also provides data rich services through which users can experience video streaming, video calling, mobile TV and many other 3G services.
Alfa, the contestant of MTC Tourch is also planning to launch its 3G services. The company has also completed its video calling test in the last of April. It is expected that the company will launch its services probably by the end of 2011.
According to Mr. Bassil, 80,000 is the lowest figure for 3G subscribers by the end of 2011. He also gave the example of Jordan, where the figure reached around 300,000 in just three months after the introduction of mobile technologies. The 3G subscriber’s figure, which is expected by Mr. Bassil is approx 160,000 by the end of the year.
In order to improve the standard of 3G mobile sector to make it at par with the developed countries, it is essential to enhance the mobile percentage rate in Lebanon. The current mobile rate is 73% which can be increased in a short time through better mobile technology services.
In Lebanon, both the mobile providers are owned by the state. Under the Lebanese Ministry of Telecommunications Kuwait’s Zain is the subsidiary, who managed the MTC Touch, and on the other hand Alfa is operated by Egypt’s Orascom.