Kuwait’s Ministry of Communications (MoC) has signed two contracts for the maintenance of its fixed line network, the regulator has announced. At present, there are four governates in Kuwait suffering from sub-standard fixed line services because the existing contracts with providers have expired, namely: Fahaheel, Mubarak Al-Kabeer, Farwaniya, and Jahara. The first contract has been agreed with the Kuwait Network Electronic Company, and concerns the actual maintenance of the fixed line network. The contract covers a period of three years, and is worth KWD4.62 million (USD16.06 million). The second contract involves a deal with the TCIL Company, which will supply the MoC with the spare parts and electronic cables required to maintain the fixed line network. This second contract is worth KWD3.22 million.
Dr Mohammed Al-Baseeri, Minister of Communication and Parliament Affairs commented: ‘We have responded to people’s complaints and the Ministry will fix all the problems. The existing network is very old and it needs regular maintenance. For the past few months people faced problems as the contracts expired. We signed these two contacts to provide complete services for the users. Within a few weeks the improvements will be noticeable.’ Dr Al-Baseeri also confirmed that the country’s fixed line service will soon be privatised, and indicated that all users should be able to enjoy ‘perfect’ services prior to the transfer to the private sector.