• Short Summary

    The telecommunications system in Lebanon is being restored and is returning to almost pre-civil war standard, particularly in Beirut.

  • Description

    The telecommunications system in Lebanon is being restored and is returning to almost pre-civil war standard, particularly in Beirut.

    SYNOPSIS: The headquarters of the lebanese Post and Telecommunications Ministry (PTT) is in the middle of Beirut's commercial district -- the scene of some of the heaviest fighting and shelling during the past 19 months. However, the PTT maintained some services throughout the civil war. Workers coped as best they could, sometimes sleeping inside the building when it was too dangerous to leave and walk through the streets. Satellite communications are also still working.

    However, damage to the entire telephone system is estimated at tens of millions of Lebanese pounds. PTT officials can't say when all services will be fully restored. However, it is hoped that all the facilities destroyed during the war will be replaced by the latest equipment. It's hoped manual exchanges like this one will be replaced by fully automatic exchanges.

    There are already some automatic exchanges in action in Beirut and these have helped operators cope with the daily increasing load of calls.

    The landline to Damascus is expected to be working again any day now, but repair crews have been hampered by seasonal rain which makes field maintenance almost impossible.

    Contact with the outside world is maintained through submarine cables into France, Egypt and Cyprus. And there is one small bonus for Beirut, the government has declared that no telephone bills for 1975 and 1976 will be collected.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9UV7FPGSY20XJWQT2IIQ88HR3
    Media URN:
    VLVA9UV7FPGSY20XJWQT2IIQ88HR3
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/11/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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