Syria’s leading mobile network operator SyriaTel has doubled the monthly subscription fee for post-paid users of its 3G data packages under the ‘SURF’ banner, from 1 September 2013. The operator’s ‘light usage’ package now costs SYP1,000 (USD7.78) for 500MB of data, up from the previous monthly fee of SYP500; the ‘medium usage’ package costs SYP3,000 for 4GB (SYP1,500), while the ‘heavy usage’ plans, which include 10GB of data (priced at SYP5,000, up from SYR2,500) and a 40GB package (SYP20,000, up from SYR10,000), have also increased accordingly. Further, the ‘unlimited’ SURF plan now costs SYP20,000, while subscribers to the heavy usage plans exceeding their agreed quotas will be charged at a rate of SYP2 per extra MB used (up from SYP1).The price for exceeding the allowance of the light and medium usage plans increased by four-fold, to SYP4.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, SyriaTel’s 3G/HSDPA network, launched in the first quarter of 2009, offers maximum downlink speeds of 14.4Mbps. The company’s data networks have subsequently been augmented with HSPA+ connectivity, supporting transmission speeds of up to 21.6Mbps. SURF 3G/3G+ services had an estimated 580,000 users at end-June 2013, up from around 500,000 a year earlier.