National fibre upgrade to be finished ‘within months’

30 Mar 2012

Lebanon’s Ministry of Telecommunications (MoT) promised yesterday that a project to upgrade state-owned PSTN operator Ogero’s domestic telecoms backbone with a new national fibre-optic network would be completed ‘within months’. Telecoms minister Nicolas Sehnaoui, speaking to the ArabNet Digital Summit in Beirut, claimed that Ogero, controlled by the MoT, would soon start connecting fixed telephony and ADSL internet exchanges on a countrywide basis to the fibre-optic network that is already operational, reports the Daily Star. He also disclosed that the MoT was preparing to begin the next stage of its fibre-optic deployment plan, to connect users directly to fibre broadband services. ‘In the upcoming few months, we will launch a tender for a project which will link residential buildings to the network using a fibre-to-the-x (FTTx) system,’ he said. Taking into account these developments, the minister told a panel at the Summit that it will take around three years to bring Lebanon’s internet connection speeds to levels ‘comparable to advanced countries.’

Lebanon, Ministry of Telecommunications (MoT), Ogero Telecom