High Rates Limit Net Access in Sudan
Sunday, February 15, 1998: The Tech Channel
AMMAN, (AROL) -- Sudan's sole Internet Service Provider (ISP)started
operations last January.
With 300 subscribers, the company does not expect to sign up more than
an additional 500 hundred
during this year.
The number of beta testers went down from 2,000, an indication of the
very high charges required to
access the Internet. The Middle East Times criticized the service
for "placing itself out of the market". But as a monopoly, Sudanet does
not seem to be worried over consumer satisfaction.
Embassies, NGOs and businesses pay $500 and to subscribe and either $100
or $45 in monthly service fees. Government ministries and universities
pay $345 and $145 respectively to sign up, then $45 per month.
Individual subscribers pay $200 to subscribe with monthly service
charges of US$40.
In spite of the limited subscription base and high fees, Sudanet does
not seem to be worried. In fact, the company says its base of customers
will grow, explaining the delay as a result of people's need to amass
the needed money.
Sudanet say the lack of awareness about the Internet is the real
obstacle. The company aims at tackling the problem by opening Internet
cafes in Khartoum.
Sudanet is not worried about competition. New ISPs seeking to establish
themselves in the country must first obtain the backing and permission
of the privatized Sudanese telecommunications company Sudatel. An owner
of 35 percent share in Sudanet, Sudatel is unlikely to support new
rivals in the market - at least not before Sudanet reaches its maximum
subscription capacity of 4,000.
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