Which broadband in Mumbai

powerontop

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Hello everybody, I am a new user just signed up for this good forum on Broadband. I am currently a Dialup user and wanting to go for a broadband connection but am confused which one to go for and a few more doubts as detailed below : 1. I am currently thinking between BSNL DataOne and MTNL Triband. But both have something that the other does not and vice-versa. BSNL DataOne 1. 1GB limit for Rs. 500 on Home 500 Plan with 256 kbps. 2. Supposedly better infrastructure, direct backend Internet backbone connectivity, etc. 3. Comes up with good plans frequently. MTNL 1. 500 MB limit for Rs. 590 on DSL NU plan. at 256 kbps. 2. Might be more relevant in Mumbai. 3. Has service problems due to laziness or lack of computer knowledge(not much techy). 4. Independent of the Govt. control so might be better? It seems from this forum and elsewhere that BSNL's offering is more mature because it came out earlier than MTNL?, good service/uptime/features, good modems etc. MTNL shines in its Night free facility which BSNL does not (currently) have. But what if BSNL comes up with that tommorow. Ho does that change the equation. 2. I am currently have a MTNL Telephone connection which is not very good(cracking noises are permanent residents of this line). You can imagine my trouble I go thru connecting on a dialup right now. I have to try and retry at various time, pickup and keep back the receiver inorder for the cracking noises to somehow go away and when they finally when it does, I connect on my dialup and just pray they don't comeup again(most of the time they do) and I get disconnected. So I am planning to go for a new line whether MTNL or BSNL depending on whose BB I take. Is this a good choice or shud I use my existing telephone line for BB. What about those cracking noises? Resale value of the telephone line if I choose to switch BB provider? 3. Who provides better BB modem BSNL or MTNL? I have heard problems with Dlink modems given out by these two chaps. Whose technology is good (ADSL 2+ etc). 4. Overall connection satisfaction interms of download speed, uptime, connectivity, cost to benefit ratio, future technology compatibility, customer service(their service men shud know what linux is?). I am in Mumbai(Borivali area). I had read somewhere that BSNL is not there at all in Mumbai for BB. If that is true then the decision would be more obvious but want to decide if I shud take the plunge or should wait for some miracle(either in mtnl or bsnl coming in if it is not already). I have a few more points hiding somewhere in my mind, but you get the picture. I am a heavy downloader(which computer techy isn't ;-)) and might be downloading entire OS updates and P2P stuff so please guide me the best provider. BB ISP's until the situation in India changes, is more like getting married, lot of contemplataion has to be done to avoid hassles later. ;-) Please guide me in choosing the right provider. Since there is no common forum for both BSNL and MTNL I would be cross posting it to both the forums. Hope I have done right by posting for your guidance. :) Awaiting your replies, Thanks.
 

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Originally posted by coolbuddy_79@Jul 19 2005, 07:54 PM
if u're in Mumbai, u can't have BSNL...MTNL is ur only choice :)
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Thanks coolbuddy,
But what about answers to other questions. How is MTNL's service "over a period of time"?, is their modem good?, do bad telephone lines affect the BB (I guess so this will help me decide if to go for a new telephone connection or use my existing line). If MTNL is the only choice then I might as well bug a good ADSL modem instead of renting one over a long period of time.

Any suggestions for the above?

Thanks.
 


coolbuddy_79

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well, the service itself is quite good...am very much satisfied with it other than the billing...the modem is perfect...yes, bad telephone line will reduce the performance, but i believe they can change the line for u if they find that it's really bad...for sure, buying is the better option than renting...but i won't buy it till everything is settled...what if i need to leave it tomorrow...i've already paid quite a bit and don't want to pay more :)enjoy!!!
 

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Originally posted by coolbuddy_79@Jul 20 2005, 12:50 AM
...i've already paid quite a bit and don't want to pay more :)

enjoy!!!



Thats why you are smashing your head against the desk :lol:
 

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rightly said pal...and till the broadband scenario improves (what we want), i'll keep doing that... :lol:
 


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Originally posted by coolbuddy_79@Jul 20 2005, 12:50 AM
the modem is perfect...
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well, i wouldn't say so. I have already got it replaced once. The problem is more of dlink rather than MTNL. Actually , the firmware has a few bugs. If u r in Mumbai make sure that u get the one with the new firmware.

Other than that the service is quite good. No downtime whatsoever experienced till now. Good speeds - 30 KBps average on 256 K line.
 

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With all the technology driven demands coming up, we have a wider choice in most things in life today; yet for boradband, the irony is that there is only MTNL TriBand ADSL2+. Fortunately, this is the best technology in its class world wide, yet the MTNL staff is still in the old electrical technology age. I have had to change my router-modem and the D-Link helpline is of not much use: tel. 2880 5989, try it out. The MTNL chaps had to test four different modems from sealed boxes before they gave me a new 'good one'. Shocking to say the least. This too shall pass .... wait it out for one more year. Then maybe we will get unlimited downloads and 2 gbps bandwidth. Best wishes.
 

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Originally posted by cyberwiz@Jul 20 2005, 01:39 PM
well, i wouldn't say so. I have already got it replaced once. The problem is more of dlink rather than MTNL. Actually , the firmware has a few bugs. If u r in Mumbai make sure that u get the one with the new firmware.

Other than that the service is quite good. No downtime whatsoever experienced till now. Good speeds - 30 KBps average on 256 K line.
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Hi cyberwiz,
If you could tell me a way to know how to determine the modem with the new firmware then I could verify it before allowing them to install it.

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U will have to ask them that because without going into the modem settings page u can't determine its firmware version.

MTNL's mumbai website lists user guides for modems with different firmware. I think people getting connections after 25th june are getting modems with new firmware.
http://mumbai.mtnl.net.in/internetservices...triband1.html#5

Problem is that Dlink's (indian) website doesn't offer any info on this issue neither does it have new firmware for this partcular model listed for download. So one can't really determine the firmware which doesn't have this problem. However, u can always go to to the d-link centre and get it updated there.