an official statement carried by Saudi Press Agency, the STC also
announced major reductions in charges for data transport circuits of
the Internet sector, the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and
Technology and the Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
It said the
ministers of finance and telephones have already approved the rates
proposed for ADSL service which offers clients unlimited access to the
Internet through ordinary phone lines 10 times faster than the present
one. The STC will charge an installation fee of SR300 for the new
service and it is to be paid only once.
ADSL is a new
technology that allows more data to be sent on existing copper
telephone lines. It supports data rates of from 1.5 to 9 mbps when
receiving data (known as the downstream rate) and from 16 to 640 kbps
when sending data (known as the upstream).
The STC said it has
slashed the charges for international Internet linkage between KACST
and the global network by 20 percent. It has also cut the fees of all
rented circuits by 45 percent, for linking ISPs with the national
network by 30 percent and the charge for contacting network ports by
50 percent. “We have also reduced the installation charge for all
these services up to 70 percent,” the statement added.
STC expects the KACST and ISPs would pass on the reduction in service
charges to the end users including individuals and companies. STC has
already connected more than 70 percent of ISPs with the optical cable
network that allows them to have a higher speed of up to 155 Mbps.
KACST will also be linked with a network having a speed of over 465
Asrar Baig, CEO of IT Matrix, an Internet security consultant firm
based in Alkhobar, told Arab News that the new STC announcement has
further increased the clients’ confidence in the company. “It’s
quite exciting to see that they are on target as per their plans.”
Baig said the new service and reduction in charges would encourage
more companies and establishments to make use of the Internet as they
are now able to connect permanently their branch offices at a very
reasonable cost. However, he fears that the new announcement would be
a bad news for ISPs and companies who have already invested in leased