I’ve been following up on the web state of affairs ever since I began running a blog and it saddens me to say that nothing a lot has modified ever since. It’s been 7 years now and we’re nonetheless being promised fiber optics however in actuality, web is shit and if it wasn’t for 3G/4G connections, half the nation would have been working on a 2Mbps connection, if not much less.
The MOT’s 2020 plan that was introduced with Minister Harb made us all imagine change is coming. I bear in mind I used to be so excited again then I wrote the weblog submit round 4AM from the hospital the identical day my spouse was giving delivery. Sadly, the plan was flushed down the drain and what adopted was the downfall of the person liable for the crappy web state of affairs we’re in, a sure Abdel Menhem Youssef.
With Youssef out and Imad Kreidieh in, we had been promised as soon as once more higher web inside months and PM Hariri even went so far as promising a twenty-fold enhance in web velocity, which clearly didn’t occur but.
Nevertheless, Ogero’s head is making modifications and the #UnleashTheSpeed marketing campaign was a hit adopted by the open speeds plans introduced for these dwelling shut by to the Ogero stations. New plans had been introduced with greater speeds and cheaper costs and Fiber Optics plans had been listed for the primary time ever.
Is that sufficient? After all not. As a result of until ALL individuals get higher web and there’s a critical plan to deploy fiber optics, that is what we name “Ter2ee3” and can finally result in extra failures and a worsening infrastructure and web. Extra importantly, even when a plan to deploy fiber optics is in place, those that are nonetheless on shitty connections want options proper now and can’t afford to promote their homes and transfer subsequent to the Central to get correct speeds.
From a buyer perspective, the blame is on Ogero clearly as a result of they’re the web suppliers however identical to every part in Lebanon, issues are far more sophisticated than that and the actual blame is on the authorities, primarily the parliament in the intervening time, for not approving but a finances for the fiber optics and for not giving it the significance it deserves. Actually, the actual drawback stays in the truth that many politicians don’t perceive the necessity for a greater web and the huge affect that higher web has on the economic system and society and this isn’t one thing that may change in a single day. They’ve been combating for weeks now on the brand new finances and wave scale but there’s barely any point out of the web problem as if it’s not a precedence. Solely final week, the brand new Telecom Minister was tweeting that the finances for fiber optics isn’t being authorised and nearly hinted at resigning if it doesn’t; Now I’m positive that is simply politics nevertheless it’s an indicator on the place the actual drawback lies.
Why I’m nonetheless hopeful issues would possibly change?
Not like the outdated Ogero administration, Kreidieh appears extra eager on bringing change, understands the significance of getting a greater infrastructure and is able to begin deploying fiber optics as quickly as he’s given the inexperienced gentle. Additionally from what I’ve heard, he’s engaged on providing various options to these scuffling with speeds like myself nevertheless it’s not clear which options are possible in the intervening time.
After all not a lot has materialized but however Kreidieh’s strategy is a extra real and devoted one than his predecessors and he’s open to questions and giving suggestions in any respect time, which signifies that he’s attempting and we must always give him the advantage of the doubt. Furthermore, I’ve had a number of talks with Kreidieh on-line and even met him as soon as in particular person and he’s effectively conscious of the state of affairs and what must be executed. I even had the possibility to satisfy a number of Ogero engineers who’re wanting to get issues began and have been working lengthy hours for months to get every part in place for FTTC deployment.
All in all, I had by no means met or identified about Kreidieh until not too long ago and I don’t see why he would exit so publicly about wanting to vary issues if he isn’t keen to. In spite of everything, he’s clearly not working for workplace and he has every part to lose if his plans don’t work out.
Let’s hope for the perfect, yet one more time