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For his part, Atef Yassin, of Mada Telecom, said that “The main problem facing the market today is the weak infrastructure,” indicating that “the old telephone lines do not allow customers to get the capacity they would want easily. From a financial perspective, the decision to reduce domestic Internet tariffs is great for both the client and the companies to a certain extent, but will not technically help to improve the services provided by the companies.”
Yassin mentioned that “The number of Internet subscribers in Kuwait exceeds 1.5 million” pointing to the high number of beneficiaries of wireless communication companies and it is expected that the latter will resort to lowering the prices they offer in order to maintain market share, which they now enjoy as to Internet services.
Ahmed Al-Henawi, Chief Commercial Officer of GulfNet, said that “ the decision by CITRA to reduce domestic internet tariffs would benefit the competition in the market, pointing out that it comes after about 3 months of reducing the cost of international services given to Internet companies for international communications by almost the same rate.”
Al-Henawi said in a statement to “Al-Rai” that “The rate of reduction will vary according to capacity, as it divides the local market between wired and wireless companies, noting that the decision stressed the reduction rate must range between 10 to 40% for Internet companies without including Internet service providers, via home router packages and router devices.”
Al-Henawi added that the decision provides for a reduction in the cost starting from 10% for the capacity ranging from 1 to 2 MB, bringing the annual tariff to KD 34 and KD 55 respectively, 15% between 3 and 5 MB to KD 70, KD 87 and KD 99 and 20% for capacities ranging between 6 and 12 MB, 25% for capacities ranging between 14 and 18 MB, 30% for capacities ranging between 20 and 50 MB, 35% for capacities ranging between 60 and 70 MB, and 40% for capacities ranging between 80 and 100 MB, so that their rate shall reach KD 507 and 537 per year.
He pointed to the “Cancellation of the policy of fair use in accordance with the new decision, so that customers can perform “Download” operations without limits. This allows them to watch movies and YouTube clips without interruption around the clock.”