High speed access to be delivered through Astrolink

In conjunction with the region’s PTT’s. ISPs and network consultants, satellite operator Astrolink is hoping to deliver speeds of up to 226Mbits.

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By  Michelle Sturman Published  November 26, 2000

Middle East Internet users may get massively enhanced access speeds by 2003 if satellite operator Astrolink rolls out its strategy effectively. The company established a base in the UAE recently in order to work more closely with Etisalat.

Astrolink will work alongside telecommunications operators, ISPs and business networking consultants to enable their clients with ultra-high speeds for virtual private networks (VPN) and the Internet. Astrolink projects it will be able to offer access speeds to the desktop of 226 Mbits/second.

“We are working together with telecom operators around the world to bring the benefit of ultra-high-speed Internet access and VPN capabilities to their customers, to enable them to easily capture the lion’s share of the market,” said Scott Sobhani, Astrolink vice president and general manager for the Middle East and Africa.

“The Middle East is one of the world’s fastest growing Internet markets, with many vying for a piece of the expanding pie,” said Sobhani.

“This has led some to try to establish Internet hubs to congregate bandwidth for corporate end-users, resulting in the difficult physical migration of businesses closer to sources of available and affordable bandwidth. Astrolink, on the other hand, will enable telecom operators to offer customers the bandwidth they need, wherever they are, at a fraction of the cost offered by competitors.”

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