Al-Hashimi, like countless other Yemenis, say unreliable Internet service hinders their every day lives, not only at work but also at home. For months, the Internet service in
"I have been finding downloading very difficult," Al-Hashimi said. "Uploading is also very slow. Sometimes, I cannot surf the Web at all." He has been put in awkward positions several times with customers for whom he designs and maintains websites because of the Internet's sluggish capabilities. They still expect him to meet deadlines. Internet service first came to
Yemen Net says there are factors outside of their control that are affecting the speed and efficiency of connections. "Yemen Net is providing services," said Al-Matri, but he blames repeated attacks on optical fiber cables and electricity lines in some Yemeni governorates for overall low-quality connections. In 2012, there were 180 attacks on optical fiber cables, according to official reports. In addition, slow data transfer speeds are sometimes attributable to faulty connection wiring in some areas.
Damage to the internal wiring of the network can slow down service, or even cut it off altogether, said Engineer
He says consumers are also sometimes to blame for slow Internet connections because of a lack of computer maintenance.
"In addition, some computer viruses can also slow down the service," Al-Emad said. "Some subscribers do not know that this is a potential problem." Internet service comes in a variety of forms including DSL broadband and through mobile phone chips. At the beginning of 2013, Yemen Net launched a "Wi Max" service, a program meant to improve the quality of Wi-fi connections. Tele Yemen, another state-owned communication company, began offering satellite Internet service this year.
"Monopolies inevitably result in poor quality and high prices.
"This change will fulfill subscribers' desires, particularly in terms of privacy, safety and surfing speed," he said. In response to growing frustrations, local organizations are working towards prioritizing Internet in the nation's agenda. In August, ISOC-Yemen was established as a local non-profit organization under the umbrella of the Internet Society ISOC, a prominent international organization founded in 1992 in the U.S. to promote open Internet standards, policy, education and training throughout the world. Over 100 people have joined ISOC-Yemen with the goal of developing and enhancing Internet services, expanding accessibility, and promoting the use of the Internet in
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