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Six international companies have applied to manage Lebanon's state-owned mobile networks, Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb announced Friday.Harb said that the participating companies include Vodafone, which is the second-largest mobile operator in the world with gross revenues of up to $53 billion per year.Harb said that the new management of the state-owned networks is part of a comprehensive plan to revamp the telecoms sector.Harb added that the participating telecoms operators are currently examining the available networks.Later, Harb personally conducted live tests on 4G and LTE Advanced service, the first of its kind in Lebanon and the MENA region with a speed of 300 megabits per second.Harb stated that everyone is aware that this is a successful step being taken, as part of the 2020 telecommunications plan to implement 4G LTE to cover all of Lebanon's territories.
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