Lebanon Mobile Billing and Messaging Overview

Overview

Billing Type: MO

Subscriptions: No

Micropayments: Yes

Shared Price Points: US $0.30, US $0.50, US $0.90, US $5

Dedicated Price Points: US $0.90

Regulator: Lebanese Ministry of Telecommunications

Approvals/Fees Required: Yes   Approval required.

Country Info

Population: 6,006,668

Subscribers: 4,100,000

Mobile Penetration Rate: 51.8%

Average Individual Income: $6,751.43

VAT Rate: 10%

Withholding Tax: 0%

Network Information:

Carriers: Subscribers: Market Share:
Alfa 1,800,000 51.09%
MTC 1,912,300 48.91%

Regulations

Regulation Overview

Regulator: Lebanese Ministry of Telecommunications

Regulator Website: www.mpt.gov.lb

Code of Conduct: There are currently no written regulations at the time of writing in Lebanon.

Opt-in Possibilities

Web (PIN) Opt-in: No

WORAR (Requiring a Reply): Yes

Single MO Shortcode Opt-in: Yes

In-app Billing: Yes

Permitted Content

Adult Permissible: No   Bikini possible

Mobile Gambling /mCasino (Real money): Yes   Permit required - see section 12 of the Code of Conduct.

Sportsbook (Real money): No

Virtual Gambling (Virtual credit): Yes

Lottery (Real money): Yes

Competitions: Yes   Chance to win services require a Permit - see section 12 of the Code of Conduct.

Voting: Yes

Chat: Yes

Mobile Content: Yes

Info Messages: Yes

Alerts: No

Physical Goods: No

Charitable Services: Yes

Spend Limits

Subscriptions Limit: There are currently no set limits.

Daily Billing Limit: There are currently no set limits.

Weekly Billing Limit: There are currently no set limits.

Monthly Billing Limit: There are currently no set limits.

Customer Care

Minimum Type Required: E-Mail (24hr Response)

Technology

Available Technologies

Premium MO SMS: Yes

Premium MT SMS: No

WAP Billing: No

Direct Operator Billing: No

MSISDN Forwarding: No

IVR Billing: Yes

Number Lookup (HLR): No

VSIM/Longcode: Yes

Bulk SMS: Yes

Push Messaging: Yes

Bulk Messaging

Alpha sender ID: Yes

Numeric sender ID: Yes

Alpha numeric sender ID: Yes

Shortcode sender ID: Yes

Sender IDs filtered: No

Handset Delivery reports: Yes

SMSC Delivery report: No

Binary: Yes

Concatenated Messages: Yes

Character Encoding: Yes   Full SMPP v3.4

Character Sets Supported: Yes   0×00(Default GSM encoding), 0×01(US-ASCII), 0×02(Binary), 0×03(ISO8859-1-Latin-1), 0×04(Binary), 0×08(UCS2/UTF-16BE)

Submit_multi: Yes

Maximum validity periods: 48 hours   Which is the recommended value.

Traffic type exclusions?: No exclusions other than no illegal services or content.