My ADSL experience in Syria

It’s been almost a month since I got the ADSL subscription and I thought I would share my experience with the ADSL in Syria.

After I heard the prices are dropped last month I went to get a subscription right away, and I thought I would love to have it with the new ISP Aya since it has no proxy and I can access many Internet services that I can’t access if I have choosed the Government ISP (Itisalat or sometimes

I called the ISP Aya, and they told me they didn’t offecially get the new prices! They told me I have to wait for about two or more weeks!

During the time I’m waiting in the second week, I discovred that the Government has new Network called PDN (Public Date Network) which is a collection of networks that provide public data services such as ADSL availble for every body, and from this new Network the ISP Aya is actually is connected!!
So Aya is just re-selling the product!

So Why would I buy the product from Aya if I can buy it directly from the source?
I went to the Itisalat ISP and asked for a subscription on the new Network, and the answer was there is no more subscriptions on the new Network left!!

Appearantly all of the old ADSL subscribers converted for free to the new Network right away after they heard the news.

So I had to stick to the old Network which has proxy and lot of filtering. And I am telling you, IT SUCKS !! It is for nothing but opening web pages, and not all of them of course, even some technical web sites are blocked.

I know there are ways to bypass the ISP proxy, but they are not effective because they are really slow, and doesn’t work always. You can bypass the ISP proxy to make eMule works, or any other sharing or Instant messaging software, but it is not going to feel like proxy free Internet connection. I think most of the Syrians Internet users knows how to bypass these stuff now, I don’t know why they still use proxy.

The reason that I subscribed even though I know it is going to be sucky, is that I heard that they are expanding the number of subscriptions in two months or so, so it would be faster to convert for free to the new Network if I already have an ADSL connection.

Later this month I heard the minister of Communications saying that there were only about 2700 subscriptions availble in all of Syria!! and they are gone. For your information there are 18000000 people in Syria!! and at least 100000 connected to the internet on the old dial-up connection.

They are saying that they are planning to expand the network, but god knows when!

There is also another new ISP in Syria calling itself ” CEC ” or ” CEC Syria “, and it is the same as Aya, taking its connection from the new PDN network, re-selling the product, but it has little extra thing which is filtering! ๐Ÿ˜€ no thanks. Maybe some people will like it to prevent their kids from visiting some web sites.

And I think the way they make money is because they get lower price from the Government for the connection, and then they just re-sell it at higher price.

So basically there is only one Internet gateway, which is the STE (Syrian Telecom). All the ISPs gets their connection from there. So I don’t think there will be real competition at all.

It is hard for us to get up with technology and all if we are focusing too much on these little stuff.

I hope things will get better, that’s all I can say.

Hasan Bazerbashi

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  • Anonymous

    OWW CRAP…. i hate to hear this .. what about the 8 MBPS lines? are they also hard to get? damn …. do u think that such services would work? i mean look at the average user. Most people in syria are on dialup. nobody would bother paying 100+ for broadband. its just too expensive. here in usa optimum online launched 40MBPS lines for 40 $ a month. till syria drops the price to about 70% maybe.. just maybe people would go for it. even the 256K is rather too expensive for residence in syria. considering the average wage is 200$ a month!!!

  • Linux Juggler

    look let me tell you that your in a normal situation ,its just a matter of time .
    and about the new network which your talking about , they have also a proxy called tarasul or something like that , but for sure every things is opend like bittorrents , edonkey …etc
    and about the 8mb that your asking about , you cant have them coz the max speed till now ( in 30-3-2006 ) is 2mb .
    so enjoy ;-).

    but be sure that its much more better than KSA ( dont ask dont tell)


  • Hasan Bazerbashi

    Thanks for your comment linux juggler.

    About the tarasul, it is only works on the new PDN network …. which they ran out of it quickly ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Anonymous

    Ah, the the joys of living in a dictator-state…

    Hello from your friendly neighbor in the south!

  • Tarek

    I think Aloola (SCS) is a good ISP too. By the way, I don’t think that there is an ISP in Syria which doesn’t filter (use Proxy), they may claim so, but it is not true, or there may be filters there on the PDN and that’s why they don’t have to re-filter the traffic.

  • Jonny


    any chance you could help me get a DSL connection?

    i recently moved to damascus and need my DSL fix… syriatel’s 3G service just doesn’t do it for me with the limited monthly data.

    since i don’t read arabic it’s rather tricky understanding the websites you link to for the DSL connection.

    regards… jonny.

  • aslan

    i just wanted to say , the internet in syria regardless of the connection type sucks big time and it the worst a connection can be , in addition to zero level of taking the customer feed back into considration & lack of qualified employees , so the situation is SHIT , and its giving me a heart attack,

    aslan kanshaw
    MIS graduate & living in syria

  • sho-mshan

    when i heard about the new adsl subscribers and that prices went down….I had some luck and bought one…..540kb connection but sadly its the worst networking nightmare i have ever seen because IT DONT WORK only if luck is on our side ….one hour a day…and large price for 1hour in a day. and coustomer serves are USELESS they always tell you that technicel problem have accoured and it will be fixed next month but its just bif fat BOLONi!….i wish the connections technology improves somehow in syria.


  • Hey thanks for dropping by “sho-mshan” ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ya the connection isn’t much stable … but make sure that your phone line tone is very clear, otherwise you would have problems with your connection. You should hear no static at all for the ADSL to work well.

  • sho-mshan

    hi Hasan!

    thanks for the advice i will check that right away, but i dont realy think that the problem because alot of the people i know who bought ADSL coonection simply have the same problem.

    regards.. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • sho-mshan

    hey and Hasan , nice website you got keep up the good work


  • I hate to say it …

    I think in 1000 years we will have a good connection ..
    Now I have ISDN & I can’t download a larg file << more than 100 mb ๐Ÿ™ .. also here in the Internetcoffe I see that I can’t too .. !
    The reson is because my IP changs once in a while !

    I don’t care if it will take hours to download , I WANT IT TO BE DOWNLOADED !!

    I tried to get ADSL but still no lines free yet !

    Advice to every one in syria :
    DO NOT use the internet – Danger of having a heart attack !

  • if you want to download 20 MB is SYRIA you have to wait 4 hours in the Dial-up
    no facebook
    no youtube
    no no no internet in syria
    Advice to every one in syria :
    DO NOT use the internet – Danger of having a heart attack !

  • mad syrian

    I completely agree with you guys,
    I’m sending this reply from a dial-up with 19kbps speed. and adsl …ha ha ha is very expensive.
    internet in syria sucks sucks sucks,
    and i think it is the worst internet ever in the world.

    Advice to every one in syria :
    DO NOT use the internet – Danger of having a heart attack !

  • Syrian Internet User

    Hi guys….

    Trust me syrians are Genius enough to get ADSL connection to their Houses and trust me each one have ADSL knows how to break on through the Blocked Websites Facebook, youtube and blogspot…etc

    but the goverment are not giving Gateways and about the expand that they are doing i heard that 3 years ago…there is nothing but lying to people we still not qualified to have this much of users….instead of expanding the network they divide the line into 8 ports and they are giving each user like 4 ports so actually when you subscribe to 2Mb Line you get 1 Meg “effectively yes it is sucks but the good thing in all the ISP’s is that they have no limits for the download like the the Gulf Countries “Saudi Arabia ,Kuwait ,Qatar…..etc”

    well we are getting what we want and they are robbing us but that’s OK

  • Syrian Internet User

    By the way “mad syrian”

    the new prices of the internet is awesome you can check here

    from Aya

    from Runnet

    it is cool ya man

  • Qosay-79

    welcome to syria where the internet sucks at it’s best and electricity drops and cuts off regularly and the water tastes like sewers and the houses are extraordinary expensive and the food prices are always rising and the computer and mobile markets gets 100%+ interest and house refurbishing workers areย uneducated and unskilled and expensive and the airports are like from the stone age or something and where all sidewalks are blocked by parked cars for years and where the cops laugh at you if you report something with an “empty” hand and where every “responsible” have a row of the most expensive cars and their children gets high exam marks while watching them play all year long and where they steal your kidneys in hospitals during surgery and where people build a whole stage or two on top of old buildings and the GOV just let them do it and where 98% of retailers will try to rip you off and where EDUCATION sucks very BIG BIG time at it’s best …………………….etc.



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