Palastine's technological woes

Published on May 18, 2015 15:04:04 PM
Palastinian officials have complained that Israel is stopping them from using 3G mobile services, which is resulting in a huge loss to cell phone makers as well as customers.

The executive director of Palestinian telecommunication group Ammar al-Ikker said to Xinhua news agency on Sunday that Israel has started 4G technology implementation and cribbed that his fellow people are still using 2G.

"Because we are not using developed frequencies in telecommunications, our losses rose to $100 million every year and they could increase in the future," he said.

Palestinians observed the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) on Sunday that was designed by the United Nations’ specialized agency of the International Telecommunication United (ITU). It aims to provide awareness of the Internet use and information and communication technologies (ICT) that can deliver to societies and economies that aid to bridge the digital divide.

Palestinian minister of telecommunications Allam Musa told Xinhua that Israeli telecommunication and mobile companies are getting profits from Palestinian markets taking advantage of the advanced technology without paying taxes to the Palestinian National Authority (PNA).

"Politically, Israel deals with the issue of Palestinian telecommunications in the same manner it deals with issues of expanding settlements and obstructing possibilities of establishing an independent Palestinian state," Sabri Seidam, technology adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said.