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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

New DSL prices in Egypt: July 2006

The Ministry of Communcations and Information Technology (MCIT) in cooperation with the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority have announced the new prices of the crappy DSL services in Egypt that will comply with the requests of people so that idiots like me don't complain of the shitty service that is provided at 3 times the price of neighbouring countries for 1/3rd the speeds and at a much lower quality.

As we know, in authoritarian regime controlled countries, its the government that sets the prices not the privately owned companies so the service providers have to abide by the set price else they will face legal actions as with what happened with the under performing linkdotnet 4 monthes ago when they reduced their prices in one of their promotion offers.

Anyways, let's go ahead with the new tarrif that introduced a capped bandwidth that is facing strong oppositions in most countries that apply them and they are on their way to extinction yet they are being introduced in Egypt and, of course, with improper calculation on the side of the ISP presumably.

256/64: Unlimited Bandwidth, 95LE/month (16.5 USD) down from 150LE.
512/128: Unlimited Bandwidth, 190LE/month (33 USD) down from 250LE.
1Mb: Unlimited Bandwidth 380LE/month (66 USD) down from 450LE.

The new capped bandwindth:

1 Mb: 10 GB/month for 150LE/month and each additional 1 GB for 8LE
2 Mb: 15 GB/Month for 200 LE/month and each additional 1GB for 8LE

No gurantee for real speed. Currently I am a 512Kbps user and my average speed is 15-25KB/sec, exactly to that of a 256 or even appraoching the ISDN speeds :S

As a last note, although Egypt has an estimate of 5 million users online, the actual number of connected phone lines whether through dial up or dsl is less than a million of the 10 million homes. This has been almost constant for the last year or more because the growth of internet usage in Egypt is now limited by the number of PCs.

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7 Comments:

Blogger Duke said...

try to compare prices in Saudi Arabia and u'll be proud to be Egyptian

June 14, 2006 10:11 AM  
Blogger Lasto-adri *Blue* said...

somehow, its still good news.
95 instead of 150 is more affordable.. aiming to less network, which in a way was abusing the band width, since i got those stupid downloading freak "partners"..
anyways, its egypt after all :S

June 14, 2006 4:55 PM  
Blogger Ximo said...

try to compare with taiwan, korea, israel for instance and you will feel bad.

BTW, Spain is like Egypt and KSA concerning DSL pricing.

June 15, 2006 12:17 AM  
Blogger Bahaa Beih said...

DSL services in Egypt are nothing but a big mess. Having stated that you receive 15-25 kB/s speeds, I know a lot of poeople who have 1Mb/s lines with nearly third of the quality expected. On the other hand some people have better actual line speeds (of course by mistake). I know one user who downloads at 50KB on a 256kb line. Of course he wouldn't complain about that "Mistake"

June 15, 2006 2:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well..I've been a member in DSL services from 2001 till now...and I can only say..IT'S GETTING WORSE BY THE MINUTE..LOL

I mean..starting of with MenaNet in 2001..the service was pretty good..with a 256kb line getting the normal speeds of 28/29 even 30kbs at any given time of the day.

I then joined LinkdotNet in 2004...hoping for a better service...and it was pretty good up untill December of 2004, where just then problems started to appear...2al tagdeedat 2al!!

Anyways..to cut a long story short..my 256kbps line download speed now averages at 10kb/sec!!!

Seriously thinking about changing companies..and even upgrading to the new 1MB 10GB limited bandwidth subscription...dunno how will that work though!

Here's hoping for the better :D

Btw..comparing Egypt to places in Europe is total crap...cuz there's a 1000000000% difference..;)

Cheers
DJ Resemo

June 15, 2006 4:01 PM  
Blogger Ximo said...

I already posted about my unfortunate experience with linkdotnet.

These long posts are about my experience with Link and some comparisons.

LinkDotNet Sucks

DSL Customer Support in Egypt

June 16, 2006 8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone knows how the capped bandwidth scheme will work??

For example..as stated above..a 10GB quota per month...that gives me how many mb for download...speed...etc..??

Cheers
DJ Resemo

June 16, 2006 2:16 PM  

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