Fiber Optic upgrades to be installed soon in Lebanon


Telecoms Minister Charbel Nahas announced Saturday that fiber optics will be launched in the coming weeks in Lebanon which will provide subscribers with easy access to international calls as well as an increase in Internet speeds to all subscribers by 10 to 20 percent.

Fiber-optic communication is a method of transmitting information from one place to another by sending pulses of light through an optical fiber.

Our efforts in this field will reinforce the close cooperation between the different departments of the telecoms industry including Ogero where employees are doing their best to expand internet services,” Nahas said.

He added that the expansion in the fiber-optics network would have a positive and direct impact on the cellular services which also benefit from the fixed telephone network.

His remarks came during the his tour of call centers in Aley, the Chouf and Metn where he also announced the launch of high speed internet (DSL) services in the regions.

During a news conference held at Bhamdoun center, he also declared the launching of DSL services in a large number of centers in Ain Dara, Ain Zhalta, Barouk, Baysour, Bhamdoun, Sawfar, Mokhtara, Hammana, Kfarheem, Barja, Maghdoushe, Zefta, Deir al- Zahrani, Haboush, Tibneen, Abbasiyeh, Jouwayah, Kherbet Selem and Sarafand.

Nahas noted that 16,000 subscribers in the Chouf region are able to access the DSL internet service while announcing the start in operations of eight new centers in Batroun Monday.

He underlined the importance of providing Lebanese individuals and organizations with this service.

Out of 810,000 households subscribed in the fixed telephone service there are 705,000 who are capable of accessing the DSL while 162,000 have already accessed the service,” he said. “The spread of the DSL Internet service in Lebanon by the end of June 2010 will reach 93 percent.

Nahas also met with Progressive Socialist Party head Walid Jumblatt, after which he said his ministry was working on providing DSL to Metn, Baabda, Aley, Chouf, West Bekaa, Nabatiyeh and Tyre.

Introducing the service to these areas will create 50-thousand new subscribers, he added. He added that the ministry would work on reducing the price of Internet services in universities, research centers and organizations with productive services.

He also voiced hope that the service would facilitate the lives of residents and enhance the tourism sector.