By NY Staff
President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi inaugurated on Saturday at the installation of one million telephone lines in a project designed to expand the service of telecommunication and internet in Yemen. The project will be executed by the general institution of telecommunication with a total cost of YR 12,500 billion, and will double the number of lines currently in use in Yemen.
The first phase of the project includes activating 700 thousand telephone lines, including 227 lines for internet connection. The second phase includes implementing 300 thousand additional lines, most of which will be internet lines.
The two phases are expected to be completed within 30 months between 2013 and 2015. The project also aims to improve the landline services, increase the quantity of internet service lines, and spread telephone service in rural areas. Additionally, the project will target both the wired and wireless network infrastructure around the country.
The project meets the demands of people in all regions witnessing increasing demands for internet services. “The project will provide more revenues for the general budget and help to lower the level of unemployment and poverty,” stated reports on the project.
President Hadi noted that the project contributes to the economic, social and cultural development of Yemen. Minister of Telecommunication Dr. Ahmed Obaid Bin-Dagher has stated that the project will improve the level of telecommunication services in the country. “It will also help provide fairly-priced services that will eventually help provide the budget with greater revenues.”
General Manager of the Telecommunication Institution Sadeq Mosleh stated that the project will provide extensive jobs for youth and will contribute to the development of social life.