• publish: 11 August 2015
  • time: 7:19 pm
  • category: Economy
  • No: 617
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President Ghani urges the relevant ministries to soon complete Fiber Optic project  

President Ashraf Ghani has instructed government to ensure the fiber optic cable project should be completed by the relevant ministries instead of private companies, officials said Tuesday.

Chairing the meeting of National Procurement Commission on Monday, Ghani approved changes to the fiber optic cable project which will see the Ministries of Telecommunication and Public Works implement the rest of the project.

“Due to a lack of coordination in the past, when a road was constructed [by the ministry of public works], later it was dug up [by the ministry of telecommunication] to lay down fiber optic cables and that was a big problem,” said Patyal Ghorzang, an official of National Procurement Commission.

The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) officials, meanwhile, welcomed Ghani’s move and said the ministry had enough capacity to implement the project.

“We have good capacity and trained technical staff and they are able to manage the fiber optic project,” deputy MCIT minister Baryalai Hassam said.

In addition, four out of 15 contracts worth over 700 million AFN were approved at the meeting.

The fiber optic network allows for more capacity and is less susceptible to electrical interferences as opposed to traditional copper cables. The fiber optic cable can deliver a better quality telephone, internet, television and radio broadcasts services at economical prices across Afghanistan.

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