There’s finally some good news to report from Jordan’s internet scene: the reduction of ADSL prices and the introduction of more choice. Wanadoo, Jordan Telecom’s ISP arm has announced a 50% reduction in ADSL connection fees for its 512k lines and the introduction of an affordable ADSL “Light” services at 128k and a “super-sized” 1024k line at the same price that was previously charged for a 512k line. If there is one word to describe this new development then it’s “cool”!
As Jordan Telecom still has a monopoly over international connectivity and thus can dictate the prices of internet activity for all other ISPs. It is natural that Wanadoo was the first to announce the reduction, followed closely by Batelco Jordan (who are offering similar packages at even lower prices).
Once can only hope that these new prices get more Jordanians online. As mentioned previously on this page, ADSL penetration in Jordan still stands at dismal levels. If we are serious about turning ourselves into a knowledge economy then fast, affordable connectivity, not to mention cheap computers, need to be made available to large segments of society. In other words: it is time for a government supported, private sector implemented computer and connectivity ownership campaign. Make it possible for people to buy a computer bundled with an ADSL or dial-up connection from one store with affordable monthly installments.
And here is a word of advice to Jordan’s ISPs: for heaven’s sake improve your sales staff (so that they don’t have to put me on hold every time I ask them a question), and give us 24-hours-a-day technical support. By now we all know about your new corporate names and logos, so stop spending money on advertising billboards and just employ some tech dude to sit in your office AFTER 11 pm.
An onslaught of internet-hungry Jordanians can only be applauded when (and if) it happens. But existing users of ADSL now fear that such an onslaught will degrade the connection speeds. Oh please Mr. ISP. Prove us wrong.
What else can we, the internet users in Jordan hope for, now that ADSL is more affordable? How about some decent local content and services? May a young Jordanian entrepreneur or and old Jordanian tycoon be inspired by Amazon.com and start selling us useful stuff online and deliver the stuff to our homes and offices. Or may some airline executive start selling us tickets online. And may our e-Government launch new useful services soon.
Ever did something useful on a Jordanian website? Share it with us.
Many of us buy stuff, book flights and check the news on the web. Yet most of the time we do that on international sites. If you have ever used a Jordanian web site to do a useful task, buys products or services or just communicate, let us know. Send me an including the name of the site and what you used it for.