I have a dream that one day even the state we will have fast, reliable internet connection anywhere, and everywhere ! It's still a lot of way to go, but we're one step closer to getting my dream done.
The city of San Fransisco has finalized a deal on the 5th of this month with American internet service provider EarthLink, and with alliance of web-guru Google to provide Wi-Fi internet connection city-wide.
Reading that made want to kill myself. Even though I'm quite sure that this service won't be immaculately carried out, it's far better than anything we get here. for the past 7 or so years, there hasn't been any substantial change in services or pricing. The dial-up service's price has been fixed at 180 Baisas per hour for at least 5-7 years, even after the so called broadband service was launched two years ago.
Broadband, yes, if you consider an advertised connection speed of 384Kbps broadband. Running a few bandwidth speed tests on the internet reveals shocking results from the LackofPowerNet plan.
Note :ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) differs from the more commonly used DSL. DSL uses the same amount of speed for both ways of data flow (Upload & Download), ADSL on the other hand has a different connection speed for each direction of the flow. In our case it's 384Kbps for the download, and 128Kbps for the upload. Only the first website preforms different tests for uploading and downloading, the rest treat the connection as a DSL, and records results of a single test that shows the average of both the uploading and downloading processes, which I personally think is fair, I hope you got that.
The first website I used was this one. I recorded a download speed of 298Kbps, and an upload speed of 123Kbps, which gave me 86% efficiency rate*, and a 77% Download efficiency rate.
(*)Efficiency Rate : Result Speed/Advertised Download Speed + Result Speed/Advertised Upload Speed --------------------------------------------------- 2
Smart, eh ? I will choose to disregard the result of the second website, the famous CNET Bandwidth Meter because I suspect that it measures speed solely from the upload speed . If you're interested in finding the results though, you can find mine here.
The efficiency equation I used previously will not apply from here on, simply because I have a single average figure of both way speeds, and so I used the following one
(*)Efficiency Rate : Result Speed X 2 (ways of connection) --------------------------------------------------- Advertised Upload Speed + Advertised Download Speed
The third test I used was McAfee's , gave me 150Kbps worth of connection speed, which gave me 58% efficiency rate. I ran the last test twice on the last curiosity, I scored a 151 Kbps (58% efficieny rate) on the first one, and 188Kbps (73% efficiency rate).
To be fair, the most technically credible results is the first 86% percent efficiency rate one, because it depends on both speeds, but I shouldn't be getting two speeds in the first place. I should be getting a single, solid 384Kbps connection. What Omanhell did here, was cut corners and provided ADSL instead of going the whole and providing the better, faster standard DSL connection. I am aware that the distance from DSLAM is an important factor, but the company should have provided a strategy to battle that. Somehow.
There were rumors going on last year claiming the interest of an Indian company to try out it's luck in the Internet Service Provider scene, but the rumors soon died and we stopped getting any updates about what's going on in that field. The only real alternative is the EDGE/GPRS Internet service from Nawras (Dubbed Nawras Internet). EDGE was designed to be a technology for mobile internet, and not a residential one, which explains why the tarrifs are somewhat acceptable for mobile internet, but ridiculous for a constant use one. Same story goes with it's stability and speed, and not to mention the requirement of a postpaid plan, and a modem which both come quite heftily.
The TRA's website shows little information about what the consumer can do, and how he can complain about the services his provided. The nostalgic scam of an internet service that is.
I apologize for all the math and logic in the post, will update with something far more barney-like soon. I promise. Meanwhile tell us what kind of results you're getting from your connections, and comments if any.