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Iran, Iraq to be linked via fiberoptics

TEHRAN, Sept. 20 (Mehr News Agency) - Iran's communications network will be linked to Iraq's via the fiberoptic terminals at Iran's western border.

Following the agreements reached between the Iranian and Iraqi authorities in charge, it was decided that a fiberoptic network installed at the communications terminals of the Iranian border cities of Mehran, Khosravi, Parviz-Khan and Sumar connect the nation with its neighboring country Iraq, the Persian service of Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) said here on Wednesday.

Iran has almost finished its part of the project and its fiberoptic network is already connected to the Iranian border city of Mehran but the Iraqi side of the project has not been completed yet, the report quoted a provincial official as saying.

Completion of the project would contribute to expansion of the province's communications and lead to further development of the region, he said.

Referring to the problems facing the project development he cited the rugged mountainous terrain of the region as an issue that the Telecommunication Company of Ilam Province should deal with. However, he added, in order to establish communications between the two nations particularly for the Iranian pilgrims traveling through the province to visit the Shia holy sites in Iraq, the province's telecommunication company is determined to set up services covering all the roads of the region.

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