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Baghdad Today - Baghdad
It seems that the Internet problem in Iraq is almost as chronic as electricity. Hardly a day is without individual or collective suffering in some areas, from a problem in preparing the service, while testimonies over the past few days have confirmed that the service has been affected by some companies, while these indicators come amid a state of crisis. An undeclared "war" between the Ministry of Communications and some companies.
Some citizens believe that the Ministry of Communications is a party to the problem, while some accuse it, in addition to other companies partnering with the Ministry, of deliberately weakening the service for some companies, especially those that still use the towers, to push subscribers to subscribe to the service of the National Optical Cable Project.
Muhammad (Abu Rahma), owner of an internet tower, told Baghdad Today: “We are under pressure that has led to the destruction of the cabins we provide service to our subscribers, including people working in extending and installing internet lines for the national project, as citizens informed us of that.”
He added, "The damage was not limited to that, but also extended to sometimes disrupting our Internet service or stopping the operation of some applications and social networking sites, which increases subscribers' resentment and attempts to persuade them to go to the government Internet."
But on the other hand, companies as well as technical experts point out that the weakness of the Internet in towers has become a given and the reasons are known, as the technology of transmitting the Internet via wireless, especially in areas suffering from “radio pollution” such as Iraq, due to the rush and lack of planning in erecting towers in addition to the presence of security jamming devices. All of them prevent the waves from arriving properly.
A national and ambitious space project
The National Internet Project is one of the largest projects that Iraq has witnessed in the field of information technology and the Internet, as the cable consists of a modern, multi-layer optical fiber network, extending from the Arabian Gulf to the Iraqi-Turkish border (4,000 kilometers), passing through all governorates, districts, and districts, thus becoming an international crossing for the Internet. It connects Southwest Asia to Europe, and will provide high-speed internet to all Iraqis.
On September 26, the Transportation and Communications Committee in the House of Representatives revealed that an international company had been selected to operate satellite Internet in Iraq.
Committee member Karwan Ali told the official newspaper, “Satellite Internet is the fastest that exists at the present time,” explaining that the service it provides is better than the companies currently operating in Iraq.
He pointed out that "subscription prices are very high, but the companies that will provide Iraq with this service will take into account, in determining the subscription price, the individual's income and the economic conditions that the country is experiencing."
Ali added, “Subscription to this type of Internet is not obligatory for the citizen, but rather it will be optional and according to each family’s ability to use regular or satellite Internet to operate it at home or companies.”
Some Internet companies accuse companies or a specific company that dominates the national optical cable project, and owns several companies under different names, but they all belong to them, as well as trying to thwart the service provided to the towers that operate with wireless, or the service provided by the tower owners to the final subscriber through special cabins. Their Ftth is shared equally for the service provided by the Japanese loan companies Ftth and the Hala Ftth companies supported by the national project and the Al Jazeera Ftth company.
The specialist in ICT governance and security, Ali Anwar, confirmed in a press statement that the Ministry of Communications is controlled by certain parties, which explains the rise of some companies and the decline of others. Likewise, companies that invest in communications are vulnerable to blackmail from influential people to force them to pay sums of money in exchange for not... Exposure to its infrastructure, such as towers and others,” he said.
Cost over quality
Technicians say, "Basically poor Internet service is not linked to the type of subscription, but rather to the price of the packages prepared by the ministry to companies, as they are sold at very high prices."
They stated, "It is not comparable to external prices, which prompts service providers to reduce the capacities delivered to subscribers or resort to the mechanism of merging home subscriptions to save costs."
Source: Baghdad + agencies