EIM launches high speed Net over cable network

Internet and Multimedia (EIM) launched its Al Shamil Internet connection package through its cable infrastructure to homes in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Al Shamil will complement the existing high-speed DSL network, which delivers broadband to subscribers via the copper telephone infrastructure.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Sat 19 Apr 2003, 12:51 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 7:42 PM

The existing cable network, which primarily provides digital television to households, will be leveraged to complement DSL and ensure extensive broadband coverage to households, EIM said. Although the cable infrastructure is expanding throughout the country, currently only homes in Abu Dhabi and Dubai will be able to access Al Shamil Internet service. Maroua Naim, general manager, EIM said: "We are at a critical stage in the roll-out of broadband Internet. With over 19,000 subscribers already using the service, it is essential that the network infrastructure is in place for the next phase of growth. As higher bandwidth applications become available, from video streaming to on-line learning, we expect the mass market to gradually migrate to the Al Shamil service."

In terms of user experience and price, Al Shamil over cable will be identical to the current Al Shamil over DSL package. Customers are offered a range of 'always on' high-speed access options.

The standard package, which offers speeds of 384 Kbps downstream and 128 Kbps upstream, is up to ten times faster than dial-up. Two new packages announced at Gitex 2002 offer speeds of 1Mbps or 2 Mbps, up to forty times faster than dial-up. All packages are available over DSL and cable.

"Our priority is to get broadband Internet into the homes. To do this we must continuously look at new technologies that allow us to connect the 'last mile' from the edge of the core network, or local loop, to each home throughout the country. Cable is one of those technologies," added Abdulla Hashim, senior manager, Business Development and Sales, EIM.

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