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Telecommunication

 

The growing demand of IT and mobile services in Lebanon and the MENA region has driven massive investments in Lebanon’s telecom infrastructure, estimated to amount to USD 500 million by 2016. The sector has achieved remarkable growth in the past few years, driven by various policy initiatives and government decisions to modernize and support the expansion of the sector.

 

On July 1st 2015, the Ministry of Telecommunications launched the “Lebanon 2020 Digital Telecom Vision”. This project, is a 5 year plan which aims to revamp the telecom infrastructure in the country. It aims to make fiber-optic connectivity as well as 5G connections available throughout the country by the year 2020.

 

KEY FACTS AND FIGURES:


  • Telecommunication is the second income generating sector for the state treasury after the VAT, with net revenues exceeding USD 1.4 billion in 2011
  • From 1998 to 2009, Transport and Communications contributed to 9.4% of GDP
  • Fixed telephone subscribers amounted to 870,000 in 2013 corresponding to a penetration rate of 18.04%, the highest in the region and compared to a regional average of 8.9%
  • Fixed broadband penetration rates reached 22.8% in 2014, one of the highest rates amongst the Levant countries and other MENA economies
  • Mobile penetration rates are among the highest in the region and have totaled 80.56% in 2013. Mobile subscriptions grew significantly in Lebanon during the 2006-2011 period, by a CAGR of 23.8% compared to a CAGR  of 19.7% in Arab countries
  • Mobile broadband penetration rates have also been on the rise, reaching 43% at end of December 2013, compared to 27.3% in Arab states
  • Value Added Services and call centers have emerged as new niche sub-sectors

 

COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES:


  • Increasing investments by the government in IT infrastructure
  • Emergence of clusters: the government issued a new decree that led to the establishment of the Beirut Digital District (BDD) which offers high end premises, fiber optic connection and reduced rates to companies in the fields of IT, Technology and Telecom
  • Emergence of Value Added Services and call centers as new niche sub-sectors
  • Incentives: IDAL offers companies engaged in the Telecom sector a set of incentives and facilitation services as per the Investment Law No.360

 

For more information on sector, please download the sector’s fact book.

Telecommunication Fact Book 2015
Telecommunication Investment Incentives
telecommunication OPERATIONAL LICENSES
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