MENAtraveler launches in Egypt

Egypt-based ISP MenaNet are promising customers “incredible savings” on Internet access after introducing a new way of using the web while travelling.

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By  Peter Conmy Published  August 13, 2000

Egypt-based ISP MenaNet are promising customers “incredible savings” on Internet access after introducing a new way of using the web while travelling.

MENAtraveler, enabled by an alliance of over 300 Internet access providers, allows users to get on the web via local numbers across the world, instead of having to make costly international calls to their home server.

By only paying local rates, MenaNet hopes to save subscribers up to 80% in call charges.

“MENAtraveler can offer incredible savings while accessing the Internet away from home,” said MenaNet chairman Gamal Marwan.

Nearest ISP

The system is used with GRICdial, a combination dialler and phone book that contacts the nearest ISP in order to provide a connection.

“With over 2,000 access points around the globe, MENAtraveler users can get secured, high-quality, low-cost, Internet connections virtually anywhere, thanks to the technology and market leadership of MenaNet.”

The ISPs are brought together as by the GRIC network, an alliance of companies spread over 70 countries. NEC, Fujitsu, SPRYNET and NETCOM are among the 300 firms who make up the network.

MenaNet is Egypt’s leading ISP, currently offering services in Cairo, Alexandria, South Sinai, Suez and 6th of October City. They hope to be operating in another 11 cities by the end of the year.

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