Alfa says govt plans to cut postpaid mobile phone prices

Friday 8 July 2011 | 11:58 CET | News
Lebanese operator Alfa said that the government is planning to cut the prices of its postpaid services during the second half of 2011, the Daily Star reported. CEO Marwen Hayek said Alfa aims to offer new packages and reduce postpaid services from the fourth quarter of 2011. He said the plan to lower the prices of postpaid services is in place but needs government approval. In line with former Telecoms Minister Charbel Nahas' plan to overhaul the sector, Alfa has recently launched a prepaid plan called Wafer, which offers discounts on voice calls and SMS, with recharge cards available at USD 9.09, USD 15.15 or USD 27.27 with a 30-day duration. Hayek said Wafer illustrates Alfa's collaboration with the Telecommunications Ministry. Mobile rates in Lebanon have long ranked among the highest in the region while services have been poorer. Hayek believes that the privatisation of the two mobile operators owned by the government, Alfa and MTC Touch, and the creation of a new one, are the best way of improving performance, efficiency and service in the sector. He stressed the need to adopt good regulations to achieve a sound privatisation model. Successive Lebanese governments have been unable to make up their minds whether to privatise Alfa and MTC Touch.

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