The tender committee at the ministry is receiving applications for completing the project until
About 35 per cent of the project has been completed so far at a total cost of
Once completed, the project will help boost e-education and e-health services in the Kingdom through high-speed Internet and the capacities it will provide, Thneibat added.
Some 750 schools, as well as comprehensive and primary healthcare centres, will be connected to the network under the project, he said.
Work on the project was halted in 2008 due to financial difficulties faced by the government.
In 2012, the government encouraged local telecom companies and others to form partnerships to complete the project, but none of them showed interest.
Later that year, the Cabinet approved floating a tender to go ahead with the project.
Work on the project started in 2003 with the aim of connecting all public schools and universities to a nationwide fibre optic network. The project was expanded in 2007 to include government agencies, healthcare centres and hospitals.
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