Some of the participants and the startup conference The Daily Star/Mohammed Azakir
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Leading executives in the startup ecosystem bemoaned Lebanon's protracted lack of fast reliable Internet at the Banque Du Liban Accelerate conference Friday, despite their praise for funding made available under Circular 331 .Activating Lebanon's dormant fiber optic network only requires a "managerial decision" by the telecoms minister and "a flip of a switch".Moderator Nicolas Sehnaoui, a former telecommunications minister, was challenged by an audience member to explain the deadlock surrounding the fiber optic network.Sehnaoui said the reasons were "unknown" and warned that the network in its current state could not be used by consumers at Kheireddine's aforementioned "flip of a switch". Turning on the switch would only activate the network for a select pool of 1,000 heavy users (e.g. telcos, government, universities) that was connected to the backbone upon its completion two years ago.
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