888 minutes left to upload your video

I’ve been uploading this 1 minute 24 second video since last night. That’s over 12 hours and it is not half way uploaded.

Despite incessant claims about Lebanon’s internet vastly improving over recent years, the upload rate remains among the world’s slowest. It is almost impossible to shoot even very short videos and upload them immediately–a major blow to digital news gathering, activism even simple communication such as Skype, which doesn’t work half the time.

Currently Lebanon ranks below Botswana and Equatorial Guinea on the global upload index and only slightly ahead of a handful of war-devasted countries such as Syria and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Officials say upload speeds cannot technically improve on the current copper telephone network (a claim I’ve never fully understood). Instead, they say we will have to wait for the rollout of a new fiber optic network, an ongoing project that has faced a lot of vague hurdles and a constantly changing completion date.

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