Landline phone services are now available again in the regime-held areas of Deir Ezzor following 10-days cut which was caused by a lack of diesel fuel. Prior to this, the regime-run postal and communications institution used to cut off landline phones services for long hours on a daily basis.
Landline services are only provided in Al-Joura, Al-Qusour, Muwadfin and Harabesh districts of Deir Ezzor. They are unavailable in areas separating ISIS-held territory and regime in Deir Ezzor. Landline phone services are also completely out of function in areas between regime-held areas in the province of Deir Ezzor and other provinces.
After the optical cable linking Damascus and Deir Ezzor in the area of Al-Shoula was cut for over a year and ISIS refused to repair and reconnect it, Assad forces have installed satellite dishes over Al-Joura’s post to bring back phone lines services and 2G Internet to mobiles through satellite link from the Russian satellite “Express.”
The Assad-regime did not provide 3G line, ADSL services, phone and internet network to the industrial, agricultural and financial banks, which led to a halt to the regime’s interests, and worsened services provided to civilians. It has also paralysed life in the regime-held areas of Deir Ezzor.
It should be noted that Russian cargo planes are now in charge of supplying the regime with fuel by airdropping fuel shipments over its held territory in Deir Ezzor, even though the regime still can get fuel from some stations where it had been stored during the early days of the ISIS siege on DeirEzzor.