Working on solving internet issues before year end: Mabrouq

Spokesperson at the President's Office Mabrouq Azeez | Photo: NEOC

Malé, Maldives – Spokesperson of the President’s Office Mabrouq Azeez has revealed that the government is working on solving internet issues experiences in the Maldives within this year.

Responding to a question by a journalist during the virtual press conference held by the President’s Office on Wednesday afternoon, Mabrouq said that despite the removal of former Minister of Communications and Technology Maleeh Jamal from office over a month ago, internet issues still remain and that the government is working on resolving the issue.

As such, he detailed that MVR 1.5 million has been budgeted to improve the internet speed in the country and that efforts are underway to improve the service provided by existing telecom companies, for which a consultant is being sought, for the works of creating a TOR browser.

Following Maleeh’s removal from office, the Ministry is now temporarily overlooked by the Minister of Economic Affairs, Fayyaz Ismail. However, Mabrouq highlighted that discussions about Maleeh’s successor are ongoing and the no decision has been made as of yet.

Maleeh was outed after a no confidence vote by the Parliament voted against him, citing his failure to formulate regulations as per the Telecommunications Act.