Bsnl has been offering high speed broadband internet for a few years now. I ordered my connection few weeks back.
Here is what you need to know before you get the connection.
There are 2 types of High speed connections one is 8 Mbps & 16 Mbps.
8 Mbps you get 60 GB limit – 2799 Rs
16 Mbps you get 125 GB – 4999 Rs
With this connection you have to keep one thing in mind. You have to be within 1 Km range of your nearest BSNL exchange office to get this connection.
You need a land line connection before they can provide you this service.
You will also have to buy a new type of model called VDSL modem (Its not available for sale, so buy or rent the modem from BSNL)
It costs around 3000 Rs, its better to go for a rental one from BSNL. You will only have to pay 100 Rs per month for rental modem. That way you can get free replacement if your modem has any issues.
The procedure of using the connection is similar to getting the bsnl broadband connection. The technician from BSNL will do all the necessary stuff.
So how fast is the high speed BSNL connection.
It depends on what you are using. If you are browsing regular websites its almost instantaneous. You can watch youtube vidoes without waiting for them to load.
Don’t expect to download 1 GB per hour it more like 400 – 600 MB per hour.
The fastest speed i got on my 16 Mbps is around 9 Mbps. It took me 3 hours to download the recent 4 GB lion update.
Most of the services limit their speed so don’t expect same speed everywhere. But compare to anything thats available out there. This is the fastest and the cheapest way to connect to the internet.
Since the modem is a wifi router also, you can connect all your other devices to it. If 2-3 people use internet in the same house its becomes quite economical too.
If you don’t use that much of internet and videos you can get the 8 Mbps connection. i recommend you go for 16 Mbps if are a heavy user like me. You will get 125 GB bandwidth limit which is quite good, nearly 4.5 Gb per day.
You can use BSNL self care site to keep track of your bandwidth usage. Once you create an account it takes a day to get updated from then on you can check the site to see your bandwidth usage. Check the unbilled usage details know your current bandwidth.
Tip : By changing the dns on your router to Google dns you can increase the speed.