(Video) Alfa to Launch 21 Mbps 3G Network in Lebanon Powered By Ericsson in Q4 2009
Update: post has been edited.
During the 6th Media and Telecoms Convergence Conference in Amman, Jordan, we managed to stream a live video interview with Johan Lallerstedt Vice President-Marketing & communications Ericsson and Jeremy Foster Marketing Director, Marketing and strategy Middle East. The cool news is that Alfa which is one of the two mobile operators in Lebanon, will launch a 3G network at 21 Mbps speed in Q4 2009 ( last 3 month of this year) thus solving the Internet bandwidth problem that Lebanese currently experience.
Since there are 3G cards that can connect your PC/laptop to the internet via 3G, users in Lebanon will be able to experience high speed internet that was not possible before. The 3G network will be using Ericsson’s Evolved HSPA technology and will also bring Video calls and broadband wireless data. We do not have information how much the service will be priced to end users, but we hope the pricing will be at a level that can be affordable to the average Lebanese to enjoy high speed Internet 24/7.
Alfa currently uses EDGE technology at the speed of 100 KBs, so this upcoming rollout will deliver a 100x increase in speed, Jeremy also told me that after the 3G launch Ericsson will work to increase the speed to 42 Mbps.
Here is the video interview I originally live streamed on ArabCrunch Qik Channel using my Mobile, in the interview Jeremy and Johan also talked about what Ericsson is doing to spread innovation in the region:
During the 1st day of the event Princess Sumaya bent El Hassan opened the conference with a speech where she called in Arabs to reengineer their economies by focusing more into productive industries and Entrepreneurship, which could be done via partnerships between the governments, NGOs and the private sector. She also cited El Hassan Scientific City( EHSC) as a model project for human development which seeks to help transfer Jordan into a knowledge based economy, “EHSC is seeking to contribute to the renaissance and progress of the Kingdom as a leading and sustainable academic and economic model in the region. A model which invests in technological developments and human dignity.” Princess Said.
In his part Eng. Bassem Rousan (Jordan’s Minister of ICT) said that Jordan is ranked 10 as worldwide out sourcing destination.
The conference brought together top regional and global media and telecom industry executives who discussed many topics but with more focus in Telecom issues.
I managed to stream a bet of a session titled” Navigating the Storm: the Impact of the Economic Crisis and Strategic Responses.” delivered by Jawad Shaikh, Vice President Capgemini Consulting. He said that the global crisis combined with a decline in oil prices is severely impacting the GCC economies, and the Consumer and business confidence has fallen significantly across the region, but he noted that not all countries in the region are being impacted equally: Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia experienced lower impacts. Jawad offered tower sharing which is implemented in India, as an approach to lower the costs for mobile operators, which I doubt they will do in the Arab world.
Here is a video of some parts of Jawad’s speech and below is the full presentation: