File - A man speaks on his phone as he leaves a mobile shop in Beirut, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lower revenues as a result of the Cabinet's decision to cut the rate of phone calls and Internet data plans will be offset in the medium to long term by a growing base of subscribers, provided that the government upgrades the country's telecom infrastructure, experts told The Daily Star.Effective June 1, subscribers to postpaid mobile lines will benefit from an additional 60 minutes of free calls in exchange for the current $15 monthly subscription fee, while the rate of calls on prepaid mobile lines would be reduced by around 30 percent from $0.36 to $0.25 per minute."At first, we will see a drop in telecom revenues, but it will be offset by an increase in the number of subscribers over the medium to long term," Ghobril said.However, he added that the government needed to upgrade the country's telecom infrastructure and improve the quality of its mobile networks in parallel with the reduction in rates.
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