Throughout the Middle East, economic growth and development continue to be a major focus for governments and private business. In Afghanistan, new technology and increased interest in natural gas, petroleum, copper, gold, lead, zinc, and iron ore, as well as well as many other mining resources, have led to an increase in new companies moving into the area and existing companies expanding. In the past, a major concern for these companies was the ability to have continuous internet access in remote and rugged areas of the country. The internet needed to be reliable, redundant and provide a stable way to remotely manage and monitor operations as well as to run the business. Today, thanks to the expansion of fiber optic internet services in the area, top internet providers are able to meet the needs of these companies. In addition, the best providers offer VSAT satellite systems for redundancy and backup services, ensuring internet connections are always available.