Investigations | 26 Nov 2014

Internet in Syria represents an outlet for many people, a link to the outside world. Citizens suffered from the high cost of this service, before and after the revolution, however.

Internet speed is, mostly, very low and prices are high relative to per capita income in Syria; not to mention that most of sites are blocked by the Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Therefore, instead of the Internet being an open gate to the virtual world, it was a limited and closed window in Syria.

After Mohammad fled the city of Latakia towards the countryside under the control of the opposition, he felt the absence of the World Wide Web, and sought to connect to the Internet, in a host of ways.

He tells Rozana: "There were no local networks as the regime had cut those off. We were forced to buy Turkish lines, which is much quicker when compared to the Syrian networks." He adds: "Initially, we we were unable to get high-speed satellite Internet. Prices are too high, its is virtually unavailable in the region, not to mention the difficulty of securing the electricity to run it."

The young man confirms, however, that Satellite Internet has recently spread like wildfire in the Latakia countryside to meet peoples' basic needs, whether for business or communication.

With the proliferation of the Satellite Internet in the areas controlled by the opposition as a substitute for local area networks which the regime had cut it off, the inhabitants there are questioning whether this will remain or end once the revolution ends.

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