Menatelecom upgrades internet service

Operator to roll out faster broadband speed packages in the next few weeks

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Menatelecom upgrades internet service Menatelecom's network upgrade to deliver speeds of up to 18 Mbps for home users, and over 50 Mbps for businesses in Bahrain.
By  Nithyasree Trivikram Published  November 29, 2010

Menatelecom, a Bahrain-based WiMAX operator,  is preparing for the commercial launch of its upgraded broadband internet service, which will deliver  speeds of up to 18 Mbps for home users, and with 50 Mbps and above for businesses in the country. "The launch of new speeds is expected over the next few weeks," Ali Fairooz of Menatelecom, told CommsMEA.

Earlier, the operator tested the new services during a soft launch of the 18 Mbps package this year.

Menatelecom, which worked with Motorola on the network upgrade, is now capable of handling 100,000 subscribers on its network.

Abdulhakeem Al Khayyat, chairman of Menatelecom, said that prior to Menatelecom's internet service launch in the country, there was only 2 Mpbs speed available, but the operator's entry introduced into the Bahrain market the 8 Mbps speed, which was then upgraded to 15 Mbps and now, the fastest in the Kingdom with 18 Mpbs speed.

Abdul Razak Jawahery, vice chairman and managing director of Menatelecom, said: "Over the past few years, Menatelecom has achieved the second largest broadband provider in the country with a client base of 53,000 subscribers while playing leading roles in the regional telecom industry, and with achievements that have been recognised throughout the Middle East and Africa."

Menatelecom, an investment subsidiary of Kuwait Finance House, Bahrain, is the first ISP in the country to offer prepaid broadband internet service using 4G technology, and also the first in the region to launch an online gaming broadband package in Bahrain in May this year.

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