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Lebanon Telecommunications Profile

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Telephones - main lines in usetotal subscriptions: 882,175

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 15.1 (2019 est.)
Telephones - mobile cellulartotal subscriptions: 4,237,962

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 72.55 (2019 est.)
Telecommunication systemsgeneral assessment:

struggling with effects of economic malaise during pandemic and following explosion in Beirut port; Lebanon’s telecom infrastructure is relatively weak, and services are expensive; rural areas are less connected and have power cuts; state retains a monopoly over the Internet backbone and dominant ownership of the telecom industry; government backed improvements to fixed infrastructure; new landlines and fiber-optic networks provide faster DSL; limited 5G services; three international gateways through submarine cables; importer of broadcasting equipment from UAE; UAE investment in tech solutions (2021)


domestic: fixed-line 13 per 100 and 62 per 100 for mobile-cellular subscriptions (2019)

international: country code - 961; landing points for the IMEWE, BERYTAR AND CADMOS submarine cable links to Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (1 Indian Ocean and 1 Atlantic Ocean) (2019)

note: the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on production and supply chains globally; since 2020, some aspects of the telecom sector have experienced downturn, particularly in mobile device production; many network operators delayed upgrades to infrastructure; progress towards 5G implementation was postponed or slowed in some countries; consumer spending on telecom services and devices was affected by large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes; the crucial nature of telecom services as a tool for work and school from home became evident, and received some support from governments

Broadcast media7 TV stations, 1 of which is state owned; more than 30 radio stations, 1 of which is state owned; satellite and cable TV services available; transmissions of at least 2 international broadcasters are accessible through partner stations (2019)
Internet country code.lb
Internet userstotal: 4,769,039

percent of population: 78.18% (July 2018 est.)
Broadband - fixed subscriptionstotal: 420,000

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 7.19 (2019 est.)

Source: CIA World Factbook
This page was last updated on September 18, 2021

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