President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was the Chief Guest at a special ceremony held by Dhiraagu PLC at Dharubaaruge this evening to mark the milestone of the company achieving a distribution of high-speed fibre internet connectivity to 75% of households nationwide.
Commending this milestone, President Solih remarked that we live in a digital age, remarkable for the level of connectivity it affords and that it is essential that all citizens have access to the benefits and conveniences of modern communications technologies.
Dhiraagu’s ‘Fibre broadband Project’, which ensures cable connectivity from the Maldives’ northern to southern-most point via 1258kms of fiber optic cables, now ensures that 58 of the Maldives’ most populous islands, which cumulatively contain 75% of the country’s total population, have access to high-speed internet.
He further remarked that the Maldives had demonstrated the potential to match other developing countries making rapid strides in affording their citizens access to digital resources and facilities. He highlighted that his administration is committed to ensuring that schools, hospitals, courtrooms, and other state and government institutions located countrywide can digitize many of the services they provide.
The President also stated that it is this government’s policy to ensure that all Maldivian citizens have equal access to not only basic needs but also to high-quality infrastructure and resources intended to better their quality of life, with internet connectivity being a high priority. Moreover, he noted that despite the myriad logistical challenges to ensuring such within the context of our dispersed archipelago, Dhiraagu has been able to rise to the occasion; and that similarly, the Government will do its utmost to ensure that all Maldivian citizens located countrywide have access to modern conveniences and facilities.