We have the talent to make Lebanon a hub for innovation. There are costs on big companies with 200-250 developers that are based outside of Beirut and finding it increasingly difficult to do business here because of the infrastructure. It is not cost effective compared to neighboring countries, where high-speed internet is available at a low cost. As a company we participate in lobbying groups that call for the broadband manifesto. We are members of a number of associations that call for faster internet.
SMEs will experience huge benefits from the introduction of 3G telecom services in Lebanon. These enterprises rely much on communication facilities, and 3G technology will make their functions much easier and more efficient. If we take the banking sector as an example, clients would be doing their banking transactions while on the move, and with some additional awareness, end-users will use their time more efficiently on a daily basis. E-shopping will boom and advertising companies will also see great benefits. On the other hand, the possibility to implement the e-government plan for Lebanon that was promoted five to six years back and supported by the World Bank can easily become a reality. IT companies will also be able to expand their domestic businesses. It’s true that it requires a little time for this to occur, yet 3G telecom services and applications are mandatory prerequisites.
In 2009 there was a study by the World Bank showing that for every 10% increase in mobile broadband penetration in a country, the GDP of that country increases by a sustainable 1%. In Lebanon we foresee 3G bringing a sustainable increase in productivity, in GDP, and in general economic value by connecting Lebanon to the world through this superhighway. HSPA stands for high-speed packet access. It refers to a family of high-speed 3G digital data services for GSM carriers. This is a technology that allows us to deliver higher mobile data speeds for Alfa and for Lebanon. Its capability will be 21 MB and over, but the actual speed will depend on how Alfa will want to deploy its services.
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