1998 News Story

Internet and lunar observatory projects under way by KACST

The King Abdulaziz Center for Science and Technology (KACST) and the Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC) have fixed the subscription rate for Internet services at 7.5 halalas (U.S. $ 0.02) per minute. This rate will be officially announced on September 7, the date scheduled for a meeting with representatives from the 72 companies, including STC itself, who have qualified as Internet service providers. Meanwhile, KACST has announced the opening in November on the Jeddah-Makkah highway of a new lunar observatory whose work will include sightings of the new moon and astronomical calculations for the Muslim calendar.