Telecoms Minister Boutros Harb has reduced many phone and Internet service prices in Lebanon, a move he says brings the country inline with regional pricing. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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The ministry reduced the prices of mobile services by 30 percent earlier this month, prompting many negative reactions among decision-makers.Harb said the ministry's problems weren't merely financial but also included mismanagement.Harb explained that the ministry had suffered from nepotism and bribery and was used to serve individual rather than national interests.The minister stressed on the need to liberate the sector and open it to competition.Liban Telecom will be a joint-stock company and is to be privatized soon after its creation, as stipulated by Law 431 .MP ghazi Youssef also spoke at the meeting, saying that creating the two mobile operators in Lebanon was mistake.
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