Telecommunication Minister Jebran Bassil on Tuesday announced the launching of a prepaid card for land lines that have four months duration. Bassil, speaking in a press conference, said that the new services is specially tailored to the needs of tourists and Lebanese expatriates who come to Lebanon for a short visit.

The price of each card is LL75,000 only and can be renewed for LL45,000 only. The new prepaid card will be in the Lebanese market as of May 1. Ogero will install the land line in houses or furnished apartments for those who buy the prepaid card. Basically, the prepaid card can be renewed twice a year and any one with a “Kalam” card used it with this card. The price of Kalam card range between LL15,000 to LL45,000. Bassil explained that this prepaid card is also suitable for those who do not want to subscribe for a permanent land lines in their homes.

The minister admitted that the state of the cellular networks in Lebanon is in extremely bad shape because the previous governments did not make any investments to modernize the network.

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