A submarine cable which will give Internet service providers the capacity they need to supply high-speed Internet services, including 3G, was put into action Monday, after months of waiting. â€œThe tap was closed, and now itâ€™s open,â€ Antoine Boustany, an adviser to Telecoms Minister Nicolas Sehnawi said Tuesday. [DailyStar]
So we should be hoping for a faster and cheaper internet soon.
Ever wondered why the internet is that expensive?
Unlike government-owned Alfa and MTC, ISPs currently pay some $3,000 for a line which costs the government $100 to supply, and Tarabay said that this is prohibitive to ISPs being able to provide affordable fast Internet to users.
â€œAt the moment itâ€™s as if they were inviting you to buy property in Downtown [Beirut],â€ he said. â€œThereâ€™s a lot of land, but nobody can afford it.â€
We should call it a national holiday the day we get a decent internet connection in this country. Nevertheless, I am not buying this story and won’t believe a word they say until I have a proper connection at home.
I hope its true, but after so many false hopes, i am very cautious about believing this whole thing even though it makes a bit of sense because our internet sucks ass. But then again, so does everything else and no one ever tried to do anything about it (electricity, water, etc).
Well, it’s a start..let’s just hope they put their money where their mouth is and finally bring Lebanon up to speed (literally!)
Thank You FPM
I think that the problem in Lebanon is who is going to offer faster internet first and attract the most customers. Also there’s the price fixing issue that is apparent in every aspect of LB’s trade. Problem is that most ISPs are owned by politicians who control everything…
Remember, if speed gets better you should also hope for bandwidth limit increase. You don’t want a 1Mbps download speed with a 3Gb/B limit which you will definitely use in a week with a fast connection.