In move that aims to bridge the digital divide between urban and rural areas, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) will start deploying communication and internet services to almost 500 villages in the sultanate.
The authority has got the finance approval from the Ministry of Finance for this project of national importance. ‘TRA extends its sincere gratitude to the government of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik, and the Ministry of Finance for its approval to finance the costs of the TRA’s plan to cover villages and rural communities where communication and internet services are lacking.’
This plan comes within the national broadband strategy which seeks to contribute to bridging the digital divide between urban and rural areas. ‘The authority will consult with other authorities and members of the Shura Council so as to take the initiative to all villages and population groups that have not been provided with internet services.’
The authority has published a list of villages that are included in the initiative on its website. The Muscat governorate has 31 rural areas listed that will be covered under the project.
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