Man to sell home for lack of internet connection

February 13, 2013

House for sale banner – Credit: Sabq

A Saudi man has put up his house for sale after he failed to secure an internet connection.

“This house is for sale because there is no digital subscriber line (DSL) service in this neighbourhood,” the ‘for sale’ banner the owner put up against one of the walls read. “There are only 70 lines available and with a speed of 256K. We are still waiting for a solution to this issue.”

The picture of the home for sale in Rafha, around 800 kms north of the capital Riyadh, became an instant hit in the Saudi blogosphere, local news site Sabq reported on Wednesday.

Several bloggers expressed sympathy with the home owner, insisting that people without internet access were at a big social, educational and economic disadvantage.

However, some commentators pointed out that the ad was a poor marketing strategy, claiming that the absence of the internet would not attract many people with good purchasing power.

Others advised him to keep his home and find other alternatives.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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