Lebanon’s telecoms minister Nicolas Sehnaoui stated last Thursday that all 170 of state-run incumbent telco Ogero’s DSL-enabled telephone exchanges are now connected to a new high speed fibre-based IP backbone network, enabling higher internet speeds and the potential for advanced multimedia services rollouts. ‘After two years of work, the fibre-optics network is ready in 170 telephone areas, and we sent a letter to Ogero to detail their financial and technical requirements to expand it to the remaining areas, which do not yet have DSL,’ the minster declared in an announcement cited by Lebanese newspaper the Daily Star. He continued that the remainder of the country should be connected to the new fibre transmission network – allowing access to broadband services – in less than six months, claiming that ‘no Lebanese will be without fast internet by the end of the year.’ He said that some 500,000 additional households in 541 towns covered by 118 telephone exchanges would benefit from the expansion of the IP fibre transport/DSL access network.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database says that Ogero began the rollout of its nationwide next generation IP backbone in 2010 but the project has seen repeated delays. In November 2012 CommsUpdate reported Sehnaoui stating that Lebanon would complete the project to link telecoms switchboards across the country with high speed fibre-optic transmission links ‘in April 2013’.