Wanadoo today announced the availability of the 2Mbit/sec DSL service in Jordan. This is the most important development in the Jordanian internet scene for years. It comes quite late, actually. Countries like Egypt, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE already have this connection speed.
Now that it’s here, I immediately called Wanadoo sales and requested the upgrade for my home connection from 512 Kbps to 2 Mbit. The cost of the new services is JD 40/month or JD 400/year. This, the saleswoman explained to me, is the same price they used to charge for the 1 Mbit speed. Wanadoo is also lowering the prices of the 512 Kbps and 1 Mbit connections.
If I get the upgrade today, I will be writing a review of it tonight.
Our office connection is another story. It is still 512 Kbps, but we’re now investigating what option we have. I recently noticed and ad by Cyberia who are offering ADSL for offices at the same price of home subscriptions, with no download limits. It is those hated download limits that are preventing us from upgrading our office connection. We once tried to upgrade to 1 Mbit only to discover that the download limit of 5 or 8 GB (I can’t remember exactly) was so restrictive, that we switched back to 512. Who wants to get stuck with a 128 Kbps connection after the bandwidth limit runs out (with no way to BUY extra bandwidth even if you wanted)?
So, let’s celebrate a moment that 2 Mbit has finally arrived. Let’s hope that 2007 will see more competition in this space and that 4 and 6 Mbit connections arrive here soon too!
UPDATE: It will take two days to upgrade the speed of my line, I was told by Wanadoo toady in the afternoon.
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