BEIRUT — State telecommunications provider Ogero services were not functioning across many parts of Lebanon on Wednesday, the state-run National News Agency reported.
According to the NNA, in Saida, Ogero's internet networks were cut, as well as those of the operators mobile telecommunication service providers Alfa and Touch. The situation was the same in Sour, where the internet network of the three operators was no longer functioning.
A similar outage was also observed in Bint Jbeil, due to the strike of central district employees and the lack of fuel, the NNA reported. In Marjayoun, the fixed telephone lines and the internet network also broke down.
The NNA also indicated that due to the strike observed by the union of Ogero employees, services in Hamra and Corniche al-Mazraa in Beirut and Beiteddine and Damour were all out of service.
Ogero employees announced on Monday an open-ended strike starting Tuesday to demand better wages. “We are suspending maintenance and operating work without exception on the whole territory, until wages are paid in proportion to current living conditions,” the Executive Council of the Syndicate of Ogero Employees and Workers said in a statement issued at the time.
Ogero employees have gone on several strikes since the economic crisis in 2019 unfolded, the most recent being in July, citing “salaries that are too low” and the fact that employees have to pay the cost of transportation to work from their wages, which “remain aligned at unacceptable levels,” the employees said in their statement.
L'Orient Today could not reach Ogero for comment on Wednesday.
Alfa, Touch and Ogero increased their rates on July 1, a measure seen as a necessary step to ensure the survival of Lebanese telecoms, given the sharp depreciation of the lira.