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EIM cuts dial-up registration fees

Emirates Internet and Multimedia (EIM) has cut its registration fee for dial-up connections from 200Dhs to 100Dhs in an effort to boost subscribers

Emirates Internet and Multimedia (EIM) has cut its registration fee for dial-up connections from 200Dhs to 100Dhs in an effort to boost subscribers. The company is hoping for further expansion of its quarter of a million subscribers over the coming year. The figure of 250,000 represents a growth of 54% during 2001.

Maroua Naim, general manager of EIM, said: “EIM is committed to encouraging the widespread use of the internet, which is the millenium’s most exciting communications tool. Through permanent reduction of registration fees for our dial-up service by 50%, we will make the internet more accessible to residents of the UAE.”

Naim also pointed out that with an internet penetration rate of 28%, the UAE is in the top 20 of the most internet connected countries in the world.

However, dial-up connections do not cater very well to the latest generation of multi-media internet-based applications such as video and audio files. There is no sign yet that the registration fee for ISDN services, that allow much faster transfer of such files, will be reduced. However, according to a company source, registration fees for schools wanting a dial-up service are likely to be scrapped soon.

The company does offer high speed internet services such as the Al Shamil service, which offers always on connectivity in the home via DSL for 250Dhs per month.

Naim added that EIM has made the internet more informative to Arab users by the development of the Arabvista search engine. “We have recently increased the size of its index and and added more Web sites to its database, and have succeeded in doubliong its search capabilities,” she added.

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