Minister of telecommunications Nicolas Sehnaoui alluded to a possible upgrade of Lebanon’s current mobile data bundles on Twitter last week.
As a result, this is how Lebanon’s 3G plans will be:
I asked the minister on Twitter about a timeframe for these upgrades. He didn’t reply. However, I personally expect such upgrades to be implemented quite soon, possibly before April which is when 4G LTE will have become commercially available (link).
The caps, when upgraded, will become comparable with abroad. However, we still have a long, long way to go until we can compare our mobile sector with abroad.
For comparison purposes, during my stay in France I had a subscription with mobile operator Free. For €19 per month, I got the following:
- Unlimited texts and MMS within France.
- Unlimited calls to numbers within France.
- Unlimited calls to non-mobile numbers in 40 countries around the world.
- Unlimited mobile data caps. Speed throttled after consumption of 3GB. (The speed I got on average was about 3Mbps.)
- Unlimited access to Free’s Wifi hotspots whenever available – and they were available almost everywhere.
A lot of unlimited there, right? Will we ever see such plans in Lebanon? Honestly, I don’t think so.