From left, Minister Boutros Harb, speaks with Joseph Torbey and Francois Bassil in Beirut, Monday, May 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb Monday said his predecessors failed to adopt sufficient measures to improve the country's telecoms sector.Harb said previous ministries had been able to make good achievements but they did not fully benefit from the investments they made in the sector.He added that the work at the ministry was not going smoothly because one of the general managers who is responsible for 80 percent of the ministry's operations had been shunned over the past two years. The Cabinet Friday voted in favor of three proposals by Harb to cut the cost of landline subscriptions, pre- and postpaid mobile calls and Internet data plans.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.
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