Khost residents resent delay in fiber-network services
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Some residents and civil society activists on Monday accused government officials of deliberately creating hurdles to the delivery of fiber-optic and Salam 3G Internet services in southeastern Khost province.
Mohammad Rassoul Adel, a civil society activist, said officials of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MoCIT) initially failed to implement a fiber-optic network iproject on due time. Now they are delaying its inauguration.
The project was expected to be completed in six month but it took five years. He claimed most of Khost residents used the Internet facility, but the poor quality of servicecaused them serious problems.
“If the services of fiber-optic network don’t begin, people will lose their trust in the government. The project, therefore, should be launched forthwith,” the civil society member argued.
A local government official, who wished to go unnamed, confided to Pajhwok Afghan News, some private companies did not want the fiber-optic network to start working, something that would harm because their commercial interest.
But Eng. Gul Habib Shah, communications and information technology director, rejected the allegations as groundless. He said they would take a decision on the launch of fiber-optic services in coordination with the ministry.
Mubarez Mohammad Zadran, the governor’s spokesman, promised the provincial administration would discuss the issue with MoCIT soon.
A 480 kilometres cable of fiber optic has been extended to the southeastern provinces to improve Internet services at a cost of $12 million, provided by the World Bank (WB).
Logar, Paktia and Paktika provinces have been receiving fiber-optic services for the past two years but the services could not be launched in Khost so fardue to the negligence of some government officials.
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