Internet service provider LINKdotNET has announced that it will deploy a broadband over powerline (BPL) network in Haram City, Egypt.
In partnership with SABA Electric the operator will serve 70,000 residential units with broadband services of up to 8Mb/s.
“LINKdotNET is pleased to introduce the LINKDSL Power service that will facilitate internet access to Haram City without having to wait for the availability of land line networks,” said Karim Beshara, CEO, LINKdotNET.
“With the increase of internet usage and demand in Egypt, it became part of LINKdotNET’s responsibility to facilitate internet access to all its customers,” added Beshara.
The network will use a Corinex solution that enables video and VoIP services to be run on regular electricity lines in tandem with broadband services of between one and eight Mb/s.
The Middle East has a notoriously low broadband penetration with existing services costing much more than equivalent services in developed markets.
The high costs associated with installing terrestrial fibre-based networks in the Middle East are frequently blamed for both of these issues.
A number of satellite-based broadband options for consumers are in the pipeline for the MENA region as operators look for alternatives to land-based networks in sparsely populated areas.