On a totally different note, I just wanted to jump with joy and announce that the Daily Star has published a story with the following title: Lebanon finally enters the DSL era.
Never mind the fact that this story might as well be 10 years old. Never mind the fact that software companies and other businesses in the IT industry need much faster connections such as those provided by cable in the United States, which is at least four times as fast as DSL.
Lebanese consumers and businesses will finally get broadband connections in the year 2006! 2006!!!! My God! It took that friggen long! I wonder how many young men and women went overseas in search of jobs, but could have stayed in Lebanon and worked for an IT company if broadband service was made available in 1996.
You see! I tried to celebrate... I swear I tried! But three paragraphs into my celebration, I ended up cringing. Now, I can't help but think that thus far, Lebanon is a story of lost potential and wasted opportunities! This post-war trend really needs to be reversed soon!
Here are some facts from the article:
- in the Middle East, the IT sector has grown by 9.8% over the past year (more than double the world average)
- in Lebanon, the IT sector has grown by 20% over the past year
- a Professional Computer Association (PCA) exists in Lebanon
- DSL service will begin in January of 2006
- A service package will cost between $40 - $50 a month (double the price in the United States)