Ministry sets new regulations for vanity numbers

Minister Boutros Harb arrives at the Parliament in Beirut, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Telecoms Minister Boutros Harb issued new regulations Thursday concerning the sale and auctioning of “vanity numbers” by Lebanon’s two mobile phone operators, Alfa and touch.

According to the new regulations, the auctioning of “Platinum” numbers would require the approval of the ministry, while the sale of numbers in the “Diamond, Golden, Silver and Bronze” categories would be restricted to two per individual.

Diamond, Golden, Silver and Bronze numbers were priced respectively at $5,000, $800, $400 and $150, excluding the value added tax. Regular numbers in category A will be sold at $100 while postpaid and prepaid numbers would cost $50 and $25, respectively.

The statement issued by the Telecoms Ministry said the new regulations were aimed at ensuring transparency in the sale and auctioning of such vanity numbers in a bid to protect consumers and increase the state treasury’s revenue.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 30, 2014, on page 5.




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