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 Telecommunications 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 said the ministry had suffered from nepotism, with bribery used to serve individual interests.The minister stressed the need to open the sector up to competition.The Higher Council for Privatization has revived plans to create a state-owned operator, Liban Telecom, through merging the operations of Ogero (a government-owned contractor) and two directorates of the Telecommunications Ministry.Liban Telecom will be a joint-stock company and is to be privatized soon after its creation, as stipulated by Law 431 .
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