Work underway to bring more submarine cables: Minister Maleeh

Former Minister of Communications, Science and Technology Mohamed Maleeh Jamal | Photo: Mihaaru

Male’ Maldives – Minister of Communications, Science, and Technology Mohamed Maleeh Jamal on Tuesday, stated that the process is underway to reduce the price of the internet and bringing more submarine cables into the country.

During a round online meeting kept with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Ministry of Information and Communications of Vietnam, Minister Maleeh noted that the Maldives is trying to get more submarine cables.

Minister Maleeh also states that to carry out the economical and communal activities of Maldives at its best, the ministry will give its all to all the Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) services.

Due to Covid-19, Maldives was one country where its economy had a huge downfall. And Minister Maleeh went on to highlight the fact that the Maldives economy was highly dependent on tourism, as to which it had to face such a huge downfall. He also noted that the Maldives is trying to depend its economy less on tourism and focus on other sectors, taking lessons from the past. 

He said that those sectors will also be needing ICT services and that the ministry will encourage these acts.

He also added to say that during the Covid-19 outbreak, one lesson we all learned was that the internet is a vital part of our lives. Especially during days where we have to maintain social distance with each other, the internet has become a vital factor for communication. He also went on to say that during lockdown the government worked with internet providers to provide the public with internet without any interruption.

Despite all this, the internet of the Maldives still remains one of the most expensive in the region.