Helmandis seek access to fiber-optic network
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Officials of some provincial departments and youth in southern Helmand province say they have little access to the Internet and urge the government to make operational a fiber-optic network finished a year ago.
Ahmad Shah Pasoon, who works at the Bost Radio, told Pajhwok Afghan News the internet facility could entice business development and help the youth and departments to effectively perform their tasks.
He said the Noori Fibre Optic project had been completed in Helmand a year back, but could not be made operational so far for unknown reasons.
“The internet is a major source of information for students, who have been deprived of this service in Helmand,” remarked a youth, Hayat Khan, who asked the provincial government and the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications to make joint efforts in this regard.
He said the satellite-offered Web connection in Lashkargah had been expensive and should be replaced with an overland link to drive down the prices.
Afghan Telecom official Najibullah Sapat confirmed the problem and linked it to the lack of concern on the part of government, especially the Ministry of Information Technology.
“We have repeatedly asked the ministry, the governor’s house to resolve the problem. The governor’s house even does not know what is the Noori Fibre Optic? Instead of resolving the issue, the house has been creating problems for us,” he alleged.
He said the police headquarters had usurped seven acres of land which belonged to the Afghan Telecom in Lashkargah. The police were not allowing them to use the land, he said.
The governor spokesman, Omar Zwak, said the provincial administration would assist the authorities concerned in resolving the issue of lack of access to the Internet.
He acknowledged the overland link had been put down in Helmand, saying information would be gathered about reasons behind the delay in making the network functional.
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