BEIRUT: Telecom Minister Nicolas Sehnaoui said Thursday that more than half of Lebanon’s telephone substations were linked to a long-awaited fiber-optics network, and vowed to extend coverage to the remaining areas within the next six months. “After two years of work, the fiber optics network is ready in 170 telephone areas, and we sent a letter to [state-run telephone land line operator] OGERO to detail their financial and technical requirements to expand it to the remaining areas, which do not yet have DSL,” he said.
The minister said that around six months were needed before some 500,000 households in 541 towns covered by 118 stations would benefit from the expansion of the network.
“The project is a part of balanced development ... and no Lebanese will be without fast Internet by the end of the year,” Sehnaoui said.
Average Internet speed in Lebanon stands currently at 2.62 Mbps.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 26, 2013, on page 5.