The Houthi militia isolated Yemen from the world for four days when it cut off internet service and refused Re Run the service.
That crime inflicted heavy economic losses on the Yemenis, especially in the economic sector in banks and banks that depend on their transactions on the Internet.
The Houthi crime par excellence, according to observers, the Houthi militia exploited the incident to impose levies on telecommunications companies, banks, money exchange shops and other sectors that depend in their transactions on the Internet to pay exorbitant sums of money in exchange for money. Re the service.
addition To the crime of imposing financial sums, the militias isolated Yemen from the outside world and stopped all transactions, isolating Yemenis from the world and knowing what is happening. .
In his interview with Al-Sahwa Net, the engineer, Raed Al-Thabti, confirms that there are solutions to liberate the telecommunications and Internet sector from the grip of the militias, provided that they are available. Will political legitimacy.
On the telecommunications side, Al-Thabati confirmed that among the solutions is to allow the establishment of new telecommunications companies, and in the event that this solution falters or is not feasible to implement, it can be resorted to allowing a new foreign company such as the Saudi Telecom Company, indicating that this method does not cost much, but rather needs to install towers only. For areas close to the borders of the Kingdom, such as Marib, Shabwa and Hadramout.
Al-Thabti added that a technical card should be found to provide a study for the government in renting the alternative in the liberated areas with the availability of financial capabilities, or transferring communications to Aden, noting that the latter needs infrastructure and political will before all that.
In the field of the Internet and the possible alternatives to liberate it from the grip of the militias, Al-Thabthi affirms that there are eight submarine cables that the government can coordinate with the competent authorities to participate through.
In addition to the previous cables, he added, there are seven other cables that are still part of a future investment project, through which it is possible to coordinate and arrange to connect the network through which to Aden, Al-Ghaydah and other areas.
On the military and security side, the communications and internet sector is no less important than the military front, as it is a source of information and monitoring of movements, a source of inexhaustible income, and a lethal weapon that it uses in its security, military and moral battles against its Yemeni opponents.
Militias use the communications sector in their battles against the national army, targeting leaders in the army and the resistance supporting the army via phones, and determining the location and movements of these figures or gatherings of soldiers and their locations.
The crime of cutting the internet aroused indignation among the Yemeni street, demanding the government to find alternative solutions and liberate the telecommunications sector from the grip of the Houthi militia.
One of them wrote criticizing the government’s role in not liberating this vital and important sector.” If a country were aware of the importance of the telecommunications sector and the extent of the security and economic risks resulting from its continued management and control, and the investment of its large financial returns by the Houthi militias I worked to free him from her grasp.”
The report of the United Nations Group of Experts focused in its report on Yemen, for the year 2021, submitted to the Security Council earlier this week, on communications and the Internet and how they are an important source for the Houthi militia and the danger it poses to Yemenis, in addition to being a major source of income for the militias.
The report referred to the militias’ use of the telecommunications sector to violate the privacy of Yemenis in Spying on subscribers, andFreedom of access to information, surveillance, and content blocking, and he attended news websites and communication applications, stressing that despite the war’s circumstances, it “is still witnessing significant growth.”
$22 million annually
According to the report, the militias receive huge amounts of “illegal fees and expenses.” It imposes it on telecommunications companies and blackmails them and confiscates their assets.
The report indicated that the Houthi militia had collected Annual renewal fees of $13.2 million from telecom companies in Sana’a, frequency usage fees and management fees, and the total revenue collected by the Houthis from mtn And Sabafon Company is about $22 million annually.
and late year 2020, SabaFon Communications Company decided to move its headquarters to the temporary capital, Aden, as a result of the extortion practiced by the militias on the company and the imposition of huge sums on the company.
During the last period, the company’s pillars were directly targeted by the Houthi militia several times, via missiles and drones, in Marib and other liberated areas, in a war waged by the militias against the company, which refused to comply with the militias’ taxes.
The aforementioned revenues that the militias derive financially from the telecommunications sector to supply their war against Yemenis, in addition to their use in military battles, compels the government and the presidency to redouble efforts to liberate communications and cut off one of the militias’ most important financial and information arteries, according to observers, not least of whom is the report of the United Nations experts.