The "Internet" in Syria

Hi folks,

I’m writting this because I think most of the Syrian youth hate the Internet service in Syria, and I’m trying just to put things together and show why.

I wanted to get a connection to the Internet. So I asked around and found out that there is only one ISP ( Syrian Telecommunication ) I can register with! because the other ISP ( SCS ) is only for the Engineers ( I heard this ISP is going public soon ). So just imagine how the Internet quality will be 🙂 all of Syria the 17000000 citizen have only one ISP to connect to 😀
That’s not all. Also if you want to connect to the Internet you have to use a Proxy (Let’s say Filter) which leaves us with absolutely no Internet services but Web Surfing! No Conferencing(Messengers), FTP(File transfer protocol), Sharing programs(Like eMule) ……. just nothing but opening web sites.
They didn’t feel that ISP is slow enough, so they added the proxy!

It’s been 2 weeks for me since I came back to Syria, and since that time I’m strugling to get into my email! I know there is enough speed to open the email, but it looks like the Telecommunication company in Syria ( There is only one and it is for the goverment! ) doesn’t care about the country side! I’m only 20Km away from the City and the Internet connection just sucks ! The max speed I got using the Dial up connection is 26kbps and that is half the speed of the normal Dial up connection speed.

Maybe you ask about the Fast Internet like ADSL (There so many other fast connections)?
Well finally they got the service in here, Yupieeeeee! ……. wait ! don’t be so happy unless you are multi millionair!!
I will tell you why. The ADSL in Syria costs as the following:
First, Setup fees (converting your line to Digital and other stuff) = 7700 Syrian Pounds (145$)
Second, depending one the speed you want you pay per month:

  • 256kbit costs 6000 Syrian pounds per month ($115)
  • 512kbit costs 10,000 Syrian pounds per month ($200)
  • 1 Mega bit costs 16,000 Syrian pounds per month ! ($310)
  • 2 Mega bit costs 24,000 Syrian pounds per month !! ($455)

What do you think! …. just an intresting statistics : Average salary in Syria is about 8000 Syrian pounds! ($140)

I’m not gonna compare the prices with USA! let’s get Jordan as an example.
The 1 Mega bit in Jordan costs exactly 2850 Syrian pounds a month!! That is nothing in comparision with our Ultra high prices in Syria. And don’t forget that in Syria if you wanted to get the ADSL, it is very hard to get and restricted to a number of people, plus the proxy is applied on the ADSL connection too! So no benifite of the ADSL!

Since I am a Solution Developer, I need a constant, fast, and reliable Internet connection, becuae I always need to test my programs and web sites and of course read latest news and references. And I’m sure a lot of other people wants to see a nice quality and open Internet connection.

I’m so disappointed with the Internet in Syria 🙁

I hope they will improve this very soon.

Waiting to hear your comments. Maybe you also like to pass this article to others. Maybe it reaches somebody who could help us with this situation 🙂

Cya 😉

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  • Sinan

    Cheer up man you can register with SCS-Net you’re consider as an eng. just show them some paper that show them that you’re graduated from CS college or any IT related school for the matter and they’ll accept your application.. If it doesn’t work go meet the registration manager I guess her name was Faten and tell her your condition she’ll tell you the procedure, and welcome back to Syria I wish I was your place man.

  • Ghalia

    it is already for all pple, call this tel no and be sure ur self, 9334
    and i think ISDN is cheep, i’ll try to have one so soon, by the way u made me desprate cuz we’ll move to somewhere just arround u so soon:(

  • Hasan Bazerbashi

    Hey thanks guys 🙂

    Ghalia, welcome to the nieghborhood 😉

    The ISDN fees is indeed cheap, but the problem is with the equipments 🙁
    I went to Syrian Telecommunication of Ya’afor (20Km away from the City) and I talked to the man incharge there …… the equipments costs 20,000 Syrian pounds 🙁 (=$380). And the guy told me that there is only one ISDN circut left! 😀 hehahea…. so i laughed in his face:D … he said it’s gonna take time until they get more. If you like more info about it you can ask me.

    Maybe if you live near by my house we could share and ADSL account 🙂 ?
    Maybe we get a Wireless router so maybe more than house use it too 🙂 …. ahh I wish there are people intrested in these stuff around my house.I think I will ask the nieghbors 🙂

  • Ghalia

    Thanx Hasan, but it needs time till we move there, and i’m not planing to stay there:( cuz i dont like to live isolated in a villa. yeah, I’ve asked about ISDN, they didnt tell me it’ll cost me all that, is it according to the place i live?

  • Hasan Bazerbashi

    Hi Ghalia 🙂

    Ya you are right, it is pretty isolated there 🙁 .. my parents gets pretty annoyed because I usually tell them that I can’t stay there 🙂 …. but now because I haven’t been in Ya’afor in such long time since I was away from Syria, so I still find it cool there away from the City to have some peace, but I’m sure I will fed up soon 😛 … I know what you mean.

    No the cost doesn’t change from place to another, but as I said the equipments is the costy thing, and apperantly the guy who told me that it costs that much he was exhagerating.

    Keep in touch ok 🙂

    Cya 😉

  • Ayman

    Well they promised that private ISPs will be allowed into the market by the end of this year. According to the Ministry of Communication, they already have the infrastructure to operate tens of ISPs that would provide internet services to hundreds of thousands… It’s important to mention that these guys rarely keep their word!

    3eesh ya kdeesh la yenbot al 7asheesh :))

  • K9

    I have gotten 52kilo bits per second in Mezzeh, the speed also depends on the quality of the phyisical wiring of your house…I heard private ISPs and sattelite connection (only downstream) is going to be allowed in syria soon or maybe already is.

  • Hasan Bazerbashi

    Thanks for commenting 🙂

    @Ayman: I heard about that 4 years ago! And I still don’t see any private ISP’s 🙂

    And I’m pretty much sure that even if private ISP’s starts, they will obey the main ISP rules 🙁 like proxy and blocking services 🙁

    @K9: Ya 52kbps is normal dial up speed. About the Sat connection the one way one, I think you can get that now …. I think they won’t notice you. But the two connection is super illegal 😀

    All we can do now is wait 🙁 that all I can say !

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