Fastlink unveils GPRS mobile service

Fastlink has unveiled its Jordan-wide commercial GPRS service. Through the service, post paid customers will be able to connect to the Internet, via their mobile, continually while only being charged for usage rather than time online.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  January 7, 2002

Fastlink has unveiled its Jordan-wide commercial General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) service. Through the service, the operator’s post paid customers will be able to connect to the Internet, via their mobile, continually while only being charged for usage rather than time online.

According to Samer Bazyan, data group manager at Fastlink, one of the networks main features is the high speed of data transmission. “While the regular GSM data transfer rate is 9.6 Kbps, the GPRS we are launching currently provides a speed of up to 44 Kbps, and in the future the speed will be even higher reaching more than 170Kbps,” he says.

To encourage the services rapid adoption, Fastlink is giving its customers GPRS services for free up until February 15th, 2002. Bazyan explains that he hopes that this move will “encourage computer-phobic people onto the Internet” as users will no longer have to access the Internet through more traditional methods, such as PCs, laptops or Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs).

For businesses, Fastlink is pushing the “remote access” benefits of GPRS, something that will enable users to access their office-based systems when on the move.

“Over the next few months a variety of services will be introduced to reflect the increased capabilities offered by GPRS technology. Our customers will now be able to use their mobile devices in new ways, for more services than ever before,” says Bazyan.

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