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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Suhaib Khan)
To: email@example.com (Steven Huter)
CC: firstname.lastname@example.org (Suhaib Khan)
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 1995 11:37:18 +0300 (GMT+0300)
> We received your message in March about the 9600 X.25 connection to Portal.
Please convey my regards to Randy. We are still on the 9600 X.25
connection, but are actively working towards getting a faster and
more economic link. It is difficult to predict when we shall be able
to upgrade - I will let you or Randy know once we make the transition.
Due to the speed of the link and the fact that we have to pay for
the X.25 link on a per-byte basis, we are currently restricting
incoming services to email only.
However we do not wish to wait for a better link to get started on
setting up our own internet services. Hence we have set up servers for
ftp, gopher and www.
The network at KFUPM is expanding exponentially - what started at
the College of Computer Science and Engineering is now being
replicated by the rest of the University. There is a fiber optic
backbone which connects the various buildings on campus.
Since obtaining the internet connection, most of our BITNET users
on campus (saupm00.bitnet) have migrated to using Internet email
(kfupm.edu.sa). This is because the internet link is more reliable and
they do not experience the delays that had become common on BITNET.
> You also mentioned in your message that you set up a gopher server? Please
> let us know the access to it, and whether you have also set up a Web site.
The URLs are:
However access to these is not allowed from outside KFUPM at
present - see above.
In general, there is a lot of interest for accessing Internet services
in Saudi Arabia. This is fueled by all the media attention that the
Internet has been getting recently and the fact that several people
who got their education in the US/Europe return with the internet bug :-)
The networking infrastructure in Saudi Arabia is still in its infancy.
Several companies, universities and organizations have their own
networks, but connectivity within the country is hampered by the
existing telecommunications facilities. Wide area connectivity within
the country is mainly via low speed modems (<=14.4 Kbps) and via X.25
services provided by the local PTT.
Date: Aug 21, 1995
Organization: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
Address: Dhahran 31261
Country: Saudi Arabia
Contact Person: Suhaib Khan
Host/Node Name: (I am not sure what this means - we have several hosts
our domain is ccse.kfupm.edu.sa)
URLs: (** See Notes below **)
Notes: Low speed connectivity at present (9600 X.25 link) does not
permit us to allow incoming internet services other than email.
We are trying to get a better connection that would allow users to
access our ftp/gopher/www servers.