Riyadh covered with WiMAX

Mobily broadband subscribers can use WiMAX modems anywhere in the city

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Riyadh covered with WiMAX Capital city is covered with WiMAX by Mobily.
By  Vineetha Menon Published  March 22, 2010

The capital city of Saudi Arabia is now completely covered with WiMAX, Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) announced yesterday.

Mobily first introduced WiMAX for its broadband subscribers in September 2008, a few months after completing its acquisition of local company Bayanat Al-Oula that was licensed to offer WiMAX services in a deal reportedly worth SR 1.5 billion. Bayanat Al Oula is now considered the data arm of Mobily.

The announcement means that Mobily's broadband @subscribers can now use their Wimax modems anywhere Riyadh without the hassles of cables and surf the internet at speeds of up 2Mbps.

"Mobily is working on covering most of the kingdom's cities and regions with WiMax as per its technical plan," said Engineer Abdulaziz Altamami, Mobily's chief operating officer.

3027 days ago

Where is the ITC Zoom office? They offer ITC Zoom in my compound, but it is the most expensive internet in my area. I want to purchase internet directly from them and not go through my compound. I hope to save some riyals by cutting out the middleman. I had GO @ 2mbps, but service was not that great. I heard ITC Zoom is very good and reliable @ 5 mbps.

3203 days ago

The Atheeb WiMax also suffers from a lot of service outages. Customer service is responsive if not always helpful. However, they did 'throttle' my bandwidth which is very frustrating. I have also tried ITC Zoom WiMax which was great and I never had to call them (so I can't vouch for their customer service). The only issue I have with them is that you have to install an antenna and other equipment making it a fixed like solution. Also they seem to have only one sales office.

3221 days ago
Stephen B Gomes

Here is a caveat on Mobily broadband services. In event of stoppage of services, it is hard to reach Customer Services. I have the bitter experience as they do not deliver on their promises. Quite often, you will have interuptions, and stoppage time. After several attempts to reach their Customer Services, they promised to extend the time, however, lo and behold, the subscription expired on the original due date. And, they often call you at odd times. You will be lucky to have continous services.

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