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Mon 20 May 2002 04:00 AM

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Batelco offers business broadband access

Bahraini telco monopoly Batelco is offering accelerated Internet-access up to 15 times faster than dial-up for business users through its latest Speednet service.

The asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ASDL) facility is always connected, allows voice calls to be made simultaneously with Internet use and enables users to download large files in a fraction of the time taken by traditional dial-up connections. To spur demand, Speednet is including a free ADSL modem and free helpdesk service from 7 a.m. to midnight six days a week, with a limited service on Fridays. Bandwidths range from 256Kbps to 512Kbps, with a variety of set-up options. Batelco is touting Speednet as cheaper and faster than leased lines for high-speed Internet access, claiming the service is eight times the speed of a standard 64k leased-line solution for “a much lower price”. The company also hopes educational institutions will sign on to the business service at a 50 percent discount. The move forms part of Batelco campaign to contribute communications technologies to schoolchildren and students. The initiative is also part of a raft of new Internet access measures Batelco is exploring, such as wireless LAN facilities at airports and hotel lobbies, so computer users can form an ADSL connection via radio link.

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