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Massive Internet growth predicted in Kuwait

Internet penetration in Kuwait will more than double in the next four years, according to a report from the Arab Advisors Group.

Internet penetration in Kuwait will jump from 7.59% in 2001 to 16.5% in 2006, with 9% of accounts broadband enabled, up from just 1% in 2001, according to a report from the Arab Advisors Group.Currently there is only one main ISP in Kuwait: Qualitynet, but the newly created Fasttelco is expected to commence service later this month.“Internet access rates in Kuwait are quite high by regional standards, when compared with those in Jordan and Lebanon, for example,” said Sami Sunna, the report’s author. “The Arab Advisors Group believes that once Internet dialup rates drop below the average current charge of 20 Kuwaiti dinars (US$65) per month for unlimited dialup, the number of Internet subscribers will significantly grow in Kuwait,” he added.Changes in The Kuwaiti Ministry of Communications’ pricing structure will encourage more people to sign up to always-on ADSL, he said. “As dialup costs will increase, broadband will carry not just better speeds but lower costs for heavy dialup users”, Sunna said. “We therefore project broadband DSL accounts to make up 9% of total Internet accounts by 2006, up from a little more than 1% in 2001”.

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