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Lebanon to move ahead with 3G networks despite legal threats

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A Lebanese Internet Service Provider has threatened to sue the government over the deployment of 3G mobile networks in the country saying that it hampers the ability of private networks to compete with the state owned mobile networks.

The ISP, Cedarcom said the ministry's actions were forcing "the expulsion" of the private sector from the market, in a leaked 17-page complaint that was published last week by Al-Akhbar newspaper.

However, the caretaker Telecommunications Ministry dismissed the allegations as unfounded.

The two networks, which while state-owned, are managed by two private companies, Zain and Orascom Telecom, recently awarded contracts to deploy HSPA enabled 3G networks. The private landline based ISPs are concerned that the theoretical higher speeds that HSPA could offer would lead to a loss of customers to the mobile networks.

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