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Internet Speed in Lebanon and Best Internet Options

How slow is the Internet in Lebanon?

At the time of this post Lebanon was the 166th slowest nation at 2.66 mbps. How does this compare to your home country? Find out here.

Despite the recent improvements, be advised that the Internet speed is still slower than most of the world. All over the city there are coffee shops and restaurants where you can enjoy free internet when you purchase a coffee. This is usually good enough for checking your e-mail but too slow for most other tasks.

What are your internet options for in your apartment? 

  • ishtirak-Each neighborhood has someone who will install shared internet in your apartment. Just ask a neighbor or a local store owner for the person in your area. This is a small, local operation that is cost effective, but slower since one connection (and IP) is shared among your neighbors. You can get it started easily and be done in a day.
  • 3G/4G – Just use 3G or 4G on your phone while you are here and as long as you don’t download or watch videos this can be a reasonably priced option.  3.9 G is Lebanese for “Sounds faster than 3G, but is actually slower than 3G.” Check out MTC Touch’s 3.9G pricing. If your phone and the type of SIM card you purchase can use 4G, then you will have access to 4G speeds at the same price. Check out Alfa’s 4G prices. If you want, you can also get a dongle to connect to your laptop or just make a Personal Hotspot. This option is quick and easy to get started, but is the most expensive.
  • DSL-If you are planning on being in Lebanon for years, you could get DSL in your home. This will take 3-6 months to set up, especially if there isn’t already a phone line in your home. This is the fastest and cheapest option, but involves the most paperwork and you need to keep a local phone line as well. You can easily stream videos with DSL, but neighborhoods outside of Beirut can drop downloads due to poor wiring. Sodetel is one DSL provider in Lebanon.

5 Comments

  1. I made the experience that 4G mtc is many times slower than 3G mtc. specially the latency is bad. Do you know if Alfa 4G is faster than MTC 4G? Or they use the same infrastructure? Do you have any advice, which coffe has the fastest internet in hamra? i need internet for voip phonecalls. But with MTC 4g/3g I have a lot of interrupts..

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  4. Droniac says:

    Hello, I’m wondering which ISP is currently the best in Lebanon because I have a dsl subscription with terranet now and they’re really shit. I’m paying for 2mbps and getting barely 512 maybe.

    I’m considering Sodetel. Is it a better choice?

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