Hurray!. New Broadband Operator

May 1st, 2008 by koolb | Filed under Uncategorized.

Sri Lanka Electroteks to start broadband, voice in May
Electroteks chief B A C Abeywardene says the service will use CDMA
(code division multiple access) based technology to provide up to 1Mbps
speeds and voice calls priced around 1.50 rupees a minute, which is
about half the current tariffs.

ADSL (asymmetrical digital subscriber line) services are now priced at
just under 20 dollars a month, but Electroteks says it will give higher
download speeds.

- LBO

According to the above LBO news item Electroteks will launch its Broadband network in this may. They promised to provide better service using CDMA technology for the same price.

Following are some of my thoughts which need be considered by the new operator when packaging and costing their products.

Better QOS
Most of the European operators publish their sharing ratio of the bandwidth with their packages(e.g 1:50 or 1:10). This way the customer knows what they are paying for. But in Sri Lanka operators promised to give the sun and the moon but in reality the connections are very slow and you don’t know the sharing ratio of the service you are getting.

Opportunity to select packages based on the needs
Currently SLT and Dialog only offers DSL connections. In SLT ADSL you don’t know your sharing ratio and you don’t have the option to go for a better package if you want a good service by paying more(Specially for corporate customers). End of the day you are in the same bandwidth pools(512Mbpspool or 2Mbps pool) what ever your need is.
Same time Dailog broadband offers the maximum of 4Mbps links advertising no quotas. But they shamelessly limit your bandwidth using a Fair Usage Policy. Quota for a 4Mbps packages is 16GB. They even offer you an IP even to run your own Mail or Web servers. If you divide the quota by 20days, you will get roughly 800MB per day. Whats the purpose of having a 4Mbps link with 800MB quota per day?
The above operator are very unreasonable as they don’t offer alternative packages to customers who wants more. Therefore everybody needs to stick to the same package what ever their need is.

Lower broadband equipment and setup cost
Dialog setup cost is Rs. 5000 which is very unreasonable.

3 Responses to “Hurray!. New Broadband Operator”

  1. e4c5 | 13/10/08

    For a long time, I was an unhappy SLT ADSL user. Then for a short while, I was a very unhappy dialog broadband customer. I got my connection before this idiotic fair usage policy was introduced. It was still painfully slow.

    I am now a happy Lanka Bell WiMax customer. Their downlink is usually as fast as what they promised. Sometime their uplink slows down but I will take it. See a speed test result at this link:
    http://www.raditha.com/blog/archives/001470.html

  2. koolb | 15/10/08

    If you don’t mind can you post some speedtest reports on US and UK. Most of the for Male you get good speeds as their parent ISP is SLT. And most of the time you get ping results around 50-60ms like its your LAN on SLT ADSL connections(http://www.speedtest.net/result/339087100.png).

  3. raditha | 3/12/08

    Buddhi, sorry about the delay in replying. I finally have more detailed test results at http://www.raditha.com/blog/archives/002291.html

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