Touch repairs 3G station in Tripoli

A view shows the Touch telecommunications building in Beirut March 19, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohamed Azakir)

BEIRUT: Touch reinstated its 3G service in areas north of Beirut Sunday, a day after its transmission station in Tripoli was hit by ongoing clashes in the northern city.

“The clashes in Tripoli damaged our main station [located in] Bab al-Tabbaneh, which resulted in the stoppage of 3G services in areas located between Nahr al-Kalb and north Lebanon,” touch, one of Lebanon’s two mobile operators, said in a statement released Saturday. “2G telecommunications continues to function normally.”

The company said it was able to restore 3G connectivity Sunday morning. “Our technical team informed us that the issue was solved. We ask you to try and switch back to the 3G networks,” the operator announced on its official Twitter account.

Online users lashed out at the company and the Telecommunications Ministry for operating such a critical station in a neighborhood which has seen bouts of violence over the past few years.

“I wonder who is the genius at @touchLebanon that went ‘let’s put the 3g station that will serve half of Lebanon in Beb El Tebbane,’” Jad Yammine, Web content supervisor at local TV station MTV tweeted.

“Again the 3g is hit in Tripoli you have been paying repairs more than what you would have paid for a new one. Wouldn’t it be better if you had changed its location?” Vanessa Matta tweeted.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 25, 2013, on page 5.




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