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Research by Country/Region January 20, 2018  
Lebanon: Broadband Fixed Wireless Access

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A. CURRENT GOVERNMENT POLICY GOVERNING ACCESS TO THE WORLDWIDE FIXED WIRELESS ACCESS BAND (3.4 TO 3.7 GHZ), LMDS (28 TO 31 GHZ) AND UNLICENSED BAND

All frequency bands require licensing in Lebanon. Personal use of frequency channels requires the issuance of a decree by the Minister of Telecommunications, following the approval of the Ministries of Defense and Interior. Commercial use of frequency channels requires the issuance of a law by parliament or a decree by the Council of Ministers.

B. DEMAND OR A NEED FOR BFW SERVICES

BFW services are in high demand.

C. LICENSING

BFW service providers need an operating license from the Council of ministers. Typical conditions include a 20 percent revenue sharing agreement with the government plus a $67,000 yearly fee. The point of contact is Mr. Ahmad Oueidat, Director General of Operation and Maintenance, Ministry of Telecommunications, tel: 961-1-979899, fax: 961-1-979152, e-mail: mpt_abo@mpt.gov.lb.

D. FOREIGN OWNERSHIP LIMITS

There are no foreign ownership limits. Voice service cannot be offered currently.

E. INTERCONNECTION TARIFFS

No standard tariffs exist for the moment. BFW interconnection tariffs should be negotiated separately.
The telecom market will soon be liberalized, pending the establishment of a telecom regulatory authority.

F. OTHER POLICIES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING BFW

None.

G. TO WHAT EXTENT ARE BFW SERVICES BEING OFFERED BY DOMESTIC OR INTERNATIONAL FIRMS?

One local company offers nationwide BFW service while others provide partial country coverage. There are no international firms in the BFW market.

H. CURRENT LIST OF BFW ACCESS PROVIDERS

-- Globalcom Data Services, start of operation: 1997,
nationwide coverage, frequencies: 1.9 Ghz, 2.1 Ghz, 2.4 Ghz,
15 Ghz, 26 Ghz.
-- Pesco Telecom, start of operation 1998, partial country
coverage, frequencies: 3.5 Ghz, 5.7 Ghz, 15 Ghz.
-- Cable 1, start of operation: 1999, partial country
coverage, frequencies: 2.4 Ghz, 5.7 Ghz.

I. CERTIFICATION PROCEDURES, AND IMPORT DUTIES

Ministry of Telecommunications' approval is required in order to import wireless equipment. Import duties are around 15 percent.

RESPONSE INFORMATION

This response was prepared by the U.S. Department of Commerce/Commercial Service in Beirut, Lebanon, in June 2003. For further clarification please contact:

Naaman Tayyar
Commercial Specialist
U.S. Embassy, Beirut
Naaman.Tayyar@mail.doc.gov

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