- Advertising Agencies
- Architects

- Banks

- Car Dealers
- Car Rental
- Casinos
- Commerce
- Consulting
- Cosmetology
- Craft

- Data Processing &
Computer Systems
- Decoration &

- Editing
- Elementary Schools
- Engineering &
- Environment / Waste
Management Services
- Express Delivery

- Fashion
- Financial Services
- Food & Beverage
- Furnished Apartments

- Health / Beauty
- Higher & Vocational
- Home Appliances
- Hotels 3
- Hotels 4(A)
- Hotels 4(B)
- Hotels 5
- Hotel & Restaurant

- Industry
- Insurance
- Interior Design /
- Internet

- Jewelleries

- Lighting
- Luxury

- Media
- Music

- Office Equipment /
- Oriental Carpets
- Outside Decoration

- Printing
- Promotional Materials

- Real Estate
- Recruitment
- Restaurants

- Sanitary Wares
- Security
- Services
- Sweets

- Taxi
- Telecommunication &
Mobile Phones
- Transport
- Travel Agencies
- Technical Studies

- Watches
- Water Treatment



Back to archives Back to news
French Version

State cuts off illegal internet connections reorganization desperately needed - The Daily Star

Telecommunications Ministry encourages people to subscribe to legal internet providers and abandon cable operators.

The Telecommunications Ministry is trying to reorganize internet services here, following the shutdown of a number of illegal cable internet providers two days ago. A statement issued by cable internet providers who operate without a license claimed Wednesday that the ministry's decision will affect 2,000 people working in the field. It added that there are 400 cable internet providers supplying connections for 150,000 subscribers.

The statement said the illegal providers were willing to pay reasonable fees to the government provided that they are allowed to keep operating. But a source at the ministry said that the decision to sever the connections is final. "We have sent letters to the internet providers to stop allowing the illegal cable operators from using their networks," the source said. He added that the internet providers have also been warned that their licenses will be revoked if they continued cooperating with the illegitimate cable providers.

Cable internet providers offer subscribers 24-hour access to the internet for just $35-$40 a month. "The ministry took this decision to encourage individuals to subscribe to the legal internet providers," said the head of the Professional Computer Association, Jalal Fawaz. He added that Telecommunications Minister Jean-Louis Qordahi will cut the cost of a legal telephone connection in March or April of this year.
According to the new plan, internet users will pay far less for connecting to their phones than they did in the past. The ministry will offer different packages to the internet users, ranging from LL19,000 for 25 hours of use to LL396,000 for 300 hours use. Fawaz said Qordahi may even reduce rates further if the need arises.

Internet users complain that the high cost of telephone lines has discouraged subscriptions with legal internet providers. There are 80,000 subscribers using telephone lines, compared to more than 100,000 subscribers using the illegal cable connection. "The cable operators have been using the networks of some the legal internet providers for the past three years in a return for big fees," said the general manager of Cyberia, Bassam Jaber.

He added that his company refused to let the cable operators use its network. "We decided to stay clean. I don't think its right to let the cable providers break the law and make lot of money at the same time," Jaber said. He added that the cable operators have deprived the ministry of a lot of money. "I fully support the minister's decision, because the internet will never grow if we let the cable operators work in this manner," he said.

The general manager of internet provider Internet Data Management, Maroun Chammas, said that his company stopped cooperating with the cable providers: "We want to count on our legitimate operations."

He expressed hope that the number of subscribers will rise in the near future after the government shut down of illegal cable operators. But one of the cable providers said that the ministry's decision will have a devastating effect on many people. "Even the new rates provided by the ministry are still very expensive. The subscribers prefer to connect to a cheaper network like ours," the provider said.

Beirut 27-01-2003
Osama Habib
The Daily Star

Business News
Business Forum
Business Opportunities
Fairs & Exhibitions
Useful Addresses
Currency Exchange Rates
Some Marks
To see in Lebanon
Media of 1stlebanon
Impact of 1stlebanon
Add your company
Press Book
Flowers delivery Lebanon
Flowers delivery Dubai
Oriental food specialty
Lebanese wine
Real estate agency Beirut
Hotel Hamra-Beirut
Car rental
Rent a car lebanon
Reservation for your travel in Lebanon
Association des français de l'étranger
-section Liban
Diamond jewelry Lebanon
Jewelry manufacturer Lebanon
Jewelry watches-Swiss made watches
Diamond Swiss watches
Modern and comtemporary jewelry
Byzantine & Phoenician jewelry
Jewelry creation
Oriental, classical and traditional decoration
Hand made furniture
Construction management Lebanon
Projects development
Shoes manufacturer and distributor Lebanon
Sole agent of Philips & Whirlpool in Lebanon
Web development
Web marketing
Printing press services
Paper products
Insurance company Lebanon
Insurance Lebanon
Rent villas France
Hotels all over Syria
Hotel management company
University Lebanon
Arab Media News