Etisalat cranks up web hosting value

Etisalat’s internet arm, eCompany, has restructured its web site hosting deals to offer consumers and business owners lower prices and more features for their money.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  July 12, 2005

Etisalat’s internet arm, eCompany, has restructured its web site hosting deals to offer consumers and business owners lower prices and more features for their money. However, its packages are still usurped by some of the other hosting companies around. The six packages that Etisalat has revamped range from personal site services for single consumers (such as eCompany’s lowest cost 10MB, 25AED (US $6.8) per month ‘MyWeb’ package) to more sophisticated business offerings such as its high-end ‘Ultra’ product. This offers disk capacity of up to 2GB, costs 545AED per month (US $148), and includes MYSQL database support. Other than reduced prices, eCompany web hosting customers can now enjoy unlimited data traffic for any package that they choose, plus the set-up fees for each package have also been dumped. The number of e-mail accounts offered with each package has also been increased, with the number of addressing starting from five e-mails (with the Mysite package) to 100 with the Ultra package. Users of the second highest ‘Advanced’ package can also now access eCompany’s MYSQL database component, which until now was available only with the firm’s most expensive Ultra service. “The restructuring of our existing packages and new upgrades have been done with a view to provide substantial savings and value for small businesses and individuals who are looking for reliable, easy-to-use and affordable web hosting services in order to gain a competitive edge,” according to Abdulla Hashim ,Senior Manager, eCompany. eCompany’s web hosting prices, while more value-packed than previously, still do not rule the roost when it comes to bang for the customer's buck. Allianz Hosting for instance – at www.allianzhost.com - offers a similar 10MB starter package from just US $4 per month (almost $3 cheaper per month than eCompany’s ‘MyWeb’ offering). Yahoo’s ‘Web Hosting Starter’ service meanwhile offers a huge 2GB of data space (equal to that offered by eCompany’s high-end Ultra package), a .com domain name and 25 e-mail addresses, for only US $11.95 per month. All of eCompany's newly revamped web hosting packages come with free anti-virus and anti-spam protection built-in, plus the company’s ‘Website Builder’ and online ‘Control Panel’ toolsets are included, which have been designed to make it easier for customers to build and manage their site. Current and new users in the UAE can either contact eCompany’s contact centre - toll free - on 800 6100 for more information, or visit www.ecompany.ae/webhosting.

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