Link merges to form LINKdotNET

Egyptian ISP Link Egypt merged with rival InTouch this week, forming LINKdotNET, a company which claims to be the largest private ISP in the Arab World.

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By  Peter Conmy Published  August 5, 2000

Egyptian ISP Link Egypt merged with rival InTouch this week, forming LINKdotNET, a company which claims to be the largest private ISP in the Arab World.

Combined, the company has more than 100,000 users and hundreds of businesses, according to a release. The merger is designed to provide LINKdotNET with the additional financial resources, infrastructure and expertise for it to expand to become a fully regional Internet business.

“I am delighted to see another important step in Link’s vision realised as we today become the largest ISP in Egypt and now have the resources to take the combined operation fully regional,” said Khaled Bichara, president and chief executive for LINKdotNET.

“The creation of LINKdotNET will not only immediately benefit each individual current and future client, but will also provide the platform for Egyptian businesses to take advantage of Internet business models and compete globally.

"World Class Services"

"Our e-commerce and Web solution development services are already helping customers in Egypt, the UAE, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia to use the Internet to drive their businesses,” he added.

“The Egyptian Internet still has huge latent potential that will only be achievable for Egyptians if they have world class Internet services on offer to them,” said Naguib Sawiris, chairman of Orascom Telecom and LINKdotNET.

“Orascom Telecom invested in Link, because the company had a strategic vision to take it from an Internet start-up to a world class ISP capable of providing for hundreds of thousands of users and some of the world’s largest organisations.

"The creation of LINKdotNET puts Egypt another step further ahead to taking its rightful place in the global Internet economy and export its technology capabilities to the Middle East and Africa”.

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