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Bahrain households get ADSL connections

Bahrain's ISP subsidiary, inet, is giving home users the ability to open permanent 385 kbit/s connections to the Internet for only BD 50 per month.

Bahrain's ISP subsidiary, inet, is giving home users the ability to open permanent 385 kbit/s connections to the Internet for only BD 50 per month.

The introduction of the SpeedNet ADSL service to the island means that with a simple modem upgrade, households can enjoy speeds ranging between 256 kbit/s and 384 kbit/s using their existing telephone lines. A 256 kbit/s, inet is charging BD 40 per month. All households upgrading to ADSL will have to pay a one-off installation fee of BD 30

As well as its high speed and always-on connection, ADSL subscribers also benefit from the fact that data and voice calls can be made over the same connection simultaneously. This means telephones will still function over the same line even when a computer is connected to the Internet.

SpeedNet customers will have to be running Windows 98, Millennium or 2000 to use the service. Apple Macintosh users or those running any version of Linux on their home PCs will not be able to connect, according to a statement from Batelco.

Business customers are also being excluded from the SpeedNet offer. Batelco says the service is "available to residential customers only."

The island's business customers will have to stick with multiple ISDN lines to achieve the same speeds as ADSL offers, or pay for leased line connections, which are considerably more expensive than the ADSL offer. A 256 kbit/s leased line for a business customer is priced at BD1400.000 on the inet Web site.

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