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ZakNet, Microsoft, Compaq Offer Satellite-Based Internet Solution

Microsoft has joined forces with ZakNet and Compaq Computer to roll out a new high speed, satellite-based Internet service package for small to medium business users in the Gulf market.

The solution is based around the high speed Internet ZakCast technologies available over the ZakSat satellite Internet platform. The service is expected to be fully operational in November 1998.

"We've combined three solutions from Microsoft, Compaq and ZakNet in one package," said John Fernandes, Microsoft Gulf Internet customer unit manager.

The ZakNet platform utilizes satellite technology to speed up Internet access up to ten times that of dial-up services. Companies can gain easy access to high-speed Internet-on-demand services, as well as to streamed content.

"It's almost like having your own, constantly updated, intranet," commented ZakNet vice president Brent Smith.

One area where there is potential for the ZakConnect solution is seen in the ability for corporate companies to stream their own data across the ZakSat satellite platform.

"We're rolling out the ZakConnect package in the Gulf at present, but we do see it going Asia-wide very soon," Smith said.