Etisalat said it has introduced the fastest home internet in the UAE by announcing two new fixed broadband packages - 16 and 8 Mbps as part of Al Shamil Broadband offering. Based on the Fibre to the Home (FTTH) technology, the new packages will significantly boost the current speed of Internet, and encourage new avenues for internet surfing like online gaming, audio and video streaming. Etisalat has already connected 300,000 homes in the UAE on FTTH (Fibre to the Home) network; that can now benefit from the fastest internet speeds. Etisalat aims to connect the UAE households through FTTH network by 2011, which will yet become another milestone in its own right.
Available in the FTTH connected areas and priced at AED 499/month for 8 Mbps and AED 549/month for 16 Mbps, the new packages are also available for existing customers in the coverage area, keen on upgrading their account. Customers can gain from four times faster speed by just paying AED 100 more and also benefit from the additional offers that include free installation, one month rental waiver, 5 free email IDs in the .EIM domain with 3GB capacity, along with 8 hours per month free access into 300+ Etisalat hotspots. In addition, that they will also get free eSupport software and Norton Internet Security software.
Commenting on the new packages, Essa Al Haddad, Chief Marketing Officer, Etisalat said, "Etisalat is delighted to announce the launch of the fastest internet packages in the UAE. Like many of our pioneering initiatives, this service also reinforces our commitment to provide the best value and a variety of options for our customers to choose from.
"Customers today require higher internet speeds for applications like audio and video streaming, online gaming etc, which propagated Etisalat to introduce the two new packages. These packages will further strengthen Etisalat's bouquet of services in the Al Shamil offerings and provide a wider choice of speed to our customers – from 256 kbps to 16 Mbps depending on their internet surfing requirements."