Alfa, the state-backed Lebanese mobile operator that is run by Orascom Telecom Media and Technology (OTMT), claimed a market first with the launch of an LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network in
Nokia said the network is based on its carrier aggregation technology and promises to increase download speeds to up to 262.5 Mbps through the combination of 20 MHz on the 1800 MHz frequency band with 15 MHz on the 800 MHz band.
Alfa has in fact signed 4.5G and 5G contracts with both Ericsson and Nokia and said it sees the LTE-A deployment as “a crucial step” that will enable it to move towards 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT). It also appears to have set itself the rather ambitious target of installing its first 5G site in
The operator added that these agreements form part of the Lebanese Ministry of Telecommunications' National 2020 Digital Telecom Vision to upgrade the country's Internet infrastructure and deploy LTE-A across the Lebanese territory.
TeleGeography reported in March that Touch, the other state-backed mobile operator, signed ‘4.5G’ agreements with Huawei and Nokia for the expansion of its LTE network.
However, the situation on
Last year, the telecoms ministry had been working towards establishing an integrated state-owned telecoms operator called Liban Telecom by merging the operations of Ogero (the government-owned fixed-line operator) and two directorates of the Telecom Ministry.
The news agency said that
The two government contracts were again put out to tender on Sept. 8 with a deadline for submissions of Dec. 8, 2015. However, TeleGeography reported that the tender had failed and the government extended the management contracts for Touch and Alfa for a further month from Jan 1, 2016.
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