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Government to ensure countrywide access to digital technology: President

15 April 2019, MVT 11:04
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih speaking at the special ceremony held by Dhiraagu PLC at Dharubaaruge. PHOTO: PRESIDENT'S OFFICE
15 April 2019, MVT 11:04

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Sunday officiated the ceremony held by Dhiraagu on Sunday in celebration of the company achieving a distribution of high-speed fibre internet connectivity to 75 percent of households nationwide.

Commending this milestone, President Solih stated that we live in an automated age, remarkable for the level of connectivity it affords and that it is imperative for all citizens to have access to modern communications technologies.

Dhiraagu’s ‘Fibre broadband Project’ ensures cable connectivity from Maldives’ northern to southern-most point via 1258kms of fiber optic cables. The project has now established high-speed internet in 58 of Maldives’ most populated islands, which contain 75 percent of the country’s total population.

During the ceremony held in Dharubaaruge, the President declared that Maldives had potential to match other developing countries and provide their citizens with access to digital resources and facilities.

He highlighted that his administration is committed to ensuring that government institutions all over Maldives can digitize many of the services they provide.

The President mentioned that it is this government’s policy to ensure that all Maldivian citizens have equal access to not only basic needs, but also to high-quality infrastructure and resources intended to improve their quality of life, with internet connectivity being a high priority.

He noted that despite the countless logistical challenges to ensuring such within our dispersed archipelago, Dhiraagu has been able to rise to the occasion; and that similarly, the government will do its best to ensure that all Maldivian citizens located countrywide have access to modern conveniences and facilities.

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