An affordable broadband (ADSL) internet service seems to be around the corner.
There are rumours in Damascus that a new service is about to be launched. It’s likely to be around SP1000 (US$20) for a 256kbps line. That’s not an amazing speed but it is a good start, for a good price.
Until now, broadband has been too expensive for most people to afford.
Similar rumours swept Syria in the days before pre-pay mobile phone lines were launched in June 2003. Over the next few months, the phone companies kept reducing the prices, until it reached the $10 fee it is at now (that’s cheaper than most European countries!).
So, expect to see prices for broadband falling – or, more likely – speeds increasing over the coming months.