A man works on his mobile as he walks in front the alfa company in Beirut, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb hopes to make state-owned cellphone networks more efficient by revising the contracts that outsource their management to the private sector, a source at the ministry said Friday.Former Telecommunications Minister Nicolas Sehnaoui renewed the contracts with Alfa and touch for three months in December last year, in order to guarantee that cellular services in Lebanon would not be interrupted.The source at the ministry said the general managers at Alfa and touch were aware of Harb's plans, which would have to be enacted before the contracts expire at the end of March. Marwan Hayek, the general manager of Alfa, said the networks were negotiating with Harb and his team but declined to say if the contracts will be renewed.The source close to Harb said the minister would not rush the decision.
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