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Positive atmosphere between
Harb, mobile companies

Telecom Minister Boutros Harb meets Alfa and MTC representatives Monday. (Dalati & Nohra)

BEIRUT - Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb called on Lebanese mobile service providers Alfa and MTC Touch to enact agreements to lower calling-rate charges following a meeting he described as “positive.”

 

“Our meeting to today was held to agree on the launch of these services, related to the two mobile phone companies,” Harb after an administrative sit-down with representatives of the two companies.

 

“Users will be able, beginning from June 1, to benefit from reduced prices for cellular [lines] and 3G internet. [There will] also [be services allowing them] to receive fixed telephone line installation for free with a monthly subscription reduced from 12,000 Liras to 9,000 Liras.”

 

He added that the atmosphere in the meeting had been marked by “cooperation and positivity."

 

Harb in recent weeks had issued a number of acrimonious statements against MTC and Alfa, including a May 8 warning to improve their service.

 

He also voiced hope following Monday's meeting the current conditions would “continue in the future in weekly meeting held with the management of the two companies.”

 

Harb mentioned that “the other tariffs for internet [services] on fixed lines will be launched on July 1, bringing all of the cabinets decisions into effect.”

 

On May 12, the Telecommunications Minister announced that he would form a joint committee between the ministry, and Alfa and MTC Touch in order to monitor their work and discuss consumer complaints.

Telecom Minister Boutros Harb meets Alfa and MTC representatives Monday. (Dalati & Nohra)

Users will be able, beginning from June 1, to benefit from reduced prices for cellular [lines] and 3G internet.