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Old 27th June 2008, 21:43   #1
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Default Railtel - One of the best broadband plans in India!

Railtel has launched its internet services in India. They utilise the ofc network of the Indian Railways and have some of the best Internet plans in India. How is 1Mbps Unlimited connection for Rs. 920/-?

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One problem though! Its only available in Bangalore for now and if you are lucky that it operates in your area, go for it and post a review and cause some heartburn!
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Old 27th June 2008, 21:52   #2
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That's crazy - they even have a 32MBPS line!!

And 920 for an unlimited 1MBPS line and Rs. 1220/- for an unlimited 2MBPS line - let's have a review bangalore guys!

Edit: Only in whitefield? lol
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Whoa... Way to go Indian Rail.
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*Port speeds are on 1:4 contention ratio


^^ whats that ? Does it mean its shared between 4 houses per line or something ?

plans look good except for ^ catch and coverage area. How long they need to cover whole b'lore ?
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Oh boy! I was waiting for a good replacement for my airtel unlimited plan. This seems perfect! 2mbps at such affordable price! I hope they introduce it in other metros too!
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Sigh, Railtel only in Bangalore, any update on when they would launch a Mumbai service ? This is ridiculously cheap.
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*Port speeds are on 1:4 contention ratio


^^ whats that ? Does it mean its shared between 4 houses per line or something ?

plans look good except for ^ catch and coverage area. How long they need to cover whole b'lore ?
4 connections to each pot ?

So if all 4 are using you may not get max speeds. But chances of all 4 using at once are not usually high (unless all of them are d/l torrents).
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*Port speeds are on 1:4 contention ratio


^^ whats that ? Does it mean its shared between 4 houses per line or something ?
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So if all 4 are using you may not get max speeds. But chances of all 4 using at once are not usually high (unless all of them are d/l torrents).
Yup!
A 1:4 contention ratio sounds pretty damn good. I wonder what the ratios are like for most other ISPs in india!!

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Why arent there any plans like this in MUMBAI !

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Airtel has 1:2 on 512Kbps plan which I am on now.
I have never experienced speeds below 65KBps actual

But this railtel thingy sounds too good to be true!

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The Tata connection (512k) I use has a true 1:1 ratio with an always on static IP. Railtel seems seriously cheap though.
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The Tata connection (512k) I use has a true 1:1 ratio with an always on static IP. Railtel seems seriously cheap though.
So you mean 1:4 is actually a bit of a 256 kbps connection & Tata is a true 512 kbps connection?
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I have an Airtel 512kbps... Get download speads of 100kbps easily!
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Although the price list looks pretty impressive and unbelieavbly cheap, Having used the previous Govt of India connection from BSNL, I seriously doubt the realibility of this ISP. Certainly its pretty cheap, but then they have to prove reliability and must provide consistent speeds. I dont know how they manage to perform when they have country wide network. If its reliable, then my Relinace Wireless connection will be replaced.
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Sounds too good to be true!

Did anyone hear about this before or is this the first instance?
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A report some time ago showed India as having the fifth most expensive 'broadband' services in the world. This pricing is not too good to be true, it's realistic! It's what we have now that is too bad to be true.

But, whilst they may have railways going between all major districts, BSNL etc have phone lines already in every street. I don't know how they will finance this connection to the house. I guess Airtel did it.

What we have been waiting for since "Fraudband" started here is someone to break the cartel; the cosy group of both public and private companies supplying little and charging a lot.

Given that this is another govt organisation, I guess there must be some heavy politics behind allowing them to seriously undercut the govt telecoms providers. Lets hope their reliability is not dependent on the length of somebody's political life!

But, if we can get decent broadband in the future, never mind the politicians. Lets just hope.
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