2001 News Story

Saudi Telecom cuts Internet charges

The Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC) today announced reductions in charges for data transmission on the Internet. Asymmetric digital subscriber lines (ADSL) that provide unlimited open access to the Internet at ten times the speed of ordinary telephone lines will cost SR 220 [U.S. $ 58.67] a month after an initial installation fee of SR 300 [$ 80]. STC has also reduced by 20 percent the cost of the international link to the Internet via the server at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST); all leased circuits by 45 percent; links to Internet service providers (ISPs) through the national network by 30 percent; charges for contact ports by 50 percent; and installation charges for these services by 70 percent.