The telecommunications Ministry building is seen in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Arab Advisors Group's Cellular Competition Intensity Index for 2015 ranked Lebanon in 17th place among 19 countries in the Arab world, unchanged from the 2014 index, but up from 19th place in 2013 .Even impoverished Mauritania performed better than Lebanon, ranking 14th in this year's index for the Arab world. Lebanon received a score of 41.83 percent in 2015, up from 40.76 percent in 2014, 40.71 percent in 2013 and 38.84 percent in 2012, but significantly below the regional average of 59.4 percent.It added that Lebanon offers 13 prepaid plans and eight postpaid plans, in addition to smartphone plans, corporate offers and 3G/4G LTE services. Lebanon, along with the UAE, Qatar and Syria have a duopoly cellular market, with the four countries ranking at the bottom of the index.
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