Update: The internet in Lebanon
Today we learned that the internet speed in Lebanon is expected to become 20 times faster, in two months time. Lebanon is getting linked to a cable stretching from Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria, a statement by the Telecommunication Ministry said on Wednesday.
Telecom Minister Jebran Bassil signed a preliminary agreement in Barcelona with Kuwait-based Mada Communication company and Saudi STC company. The agreement stipulates that the companies will install the internet cable to Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. Bassil hopes that the project will be accomplished in two months, stressing that the Lebanese government will not spend any money from its pocket on this cable. The statement said that the rates offered in Lebanon will be very competitive. Lebanon introduced three years the fast internet system DSL three years ago. But critics say that DSL connections in Lebanon are sill far lower than other internet connections in the region.
You may relate today’s story as political, due to the Lebanese General Elections comming up June 7, but I’m looking foward to similar moves by currently holding ministries on agendas they wish to push as well. I’d hate to admit this, but the current telecom minister gets a thumbs up from this circle.
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