Economic Benefits and Challenges 
“Once a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road,” Stewart Brand, founder of the Whole Earth Catalog.

With progress in mind, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority’s (TRA) second quarterly newsletter focuses on the importance of broadband, a technology that has been widely available in the United States of America since late 2001.

Patrick Eid Comments on the Benefits of Broadband Deployment

200,000 Subscribers by 2019 and a 3-time Expansion of the Lebanese Market
Mr. Patrick Eid, board member and head of the Market and Competition Unit at TRA, confirms that launching broadband services in Lebanon will bring about significant economic and social benefits.
The TRA Organizes the Rights of Way and New Building Requirements Workshop

In Preparation for the Launch of Broadband Services
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) held a specialized workshop on the Rights of Way and New Building Requirements on February 26, 2009, at the Gefinor Rotana Hotel.

TRA news recap
The TRA participated in the 'Telecom for Lebanon – Tapping the Diaspora' event on the 29th of December 2008. more
The TRA organized a workshop titled ‘A broad Vision for a new Broadcast Evolution’ on the 9th of January 2009. more
The TRA and MoET sign an MoU to start a project aiming at protecting telecom consumers’ rights more
USAID grants 3 million US dollars to the TRA for the procurement of spectrum management equipments more
Dr. Shehadi nominated to ITU World Telecom 09 Forum Advisory Committee more
Rights of Way and New Building Requirements TRA workshop more
The TRA represented at the Broadband Wireless Summit 2009 more

Latest Website Updates
Financial procedures of the TRA more
Financial statements more
‘Use of Public Properties’ draft study for consultation more
'Access to Information' draft for consultation more
Market reports more
Glossary more
About Call Centers more

Major telecom news
Expanding broadband to bail out economies more
Half world’s population now uses a mobile phone, quarter use the internet more
The Leadership Summit and Government Mobile Forum discussed the 'Impact of the Economic Crisis on the Telecoms Sector' more
In this second quarterly newsletter issued by the TRA, we are pleased to share our vision with investors, citizens and our partners in this sector, and to present the efforts we are making to develop telecommunications services in Lebanon. Our focus in 2009 will be on liberalizing broadband services with the objective of bringing true broadband services to Lebanon and to allow Lebanon to catch up with developed countries in terms of broadband infrastructure and services.

Our vision in this respect seeks to connect, as swiftly and efficiently as possible, all parts of the country and its citizens to the World Wide Web through fiber optic networks and high-speed internet services. TRA is currently working on the preparation of the Request for Application for the broadband licenses, as well as three “enabling” decrees which will provide more clarity to investors, reduce the capital needed to deploy the new broadband networks, and maximize proceeds to the Republic of Lebanon from the auction (whether one-off or recurring).

In preparation for the launch of broadband services in Lebanon, the TRA held, in February 2009, a specialized workshop to present the first two of these draft decrees on “Use of Public Ducts, Poles, Antenna Sites, Rights of Way and Certain Other Public Properties by Licensed Telecommunications Service Providers” and “Annex to Building Code - New Building Requirements for Broadband Service Delivery”. 
Quote of the season
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

Mahatma Gandhi
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