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Experience with BSNL Dataone 8 Mbps Plan

September 2, 2011 1 comment

I upgraded to a BSNL 8 Mbps plan (Rs. 2799 /month) a little over a month back. Previous to this upgrade I was on a 2 Mbps plan and got effective download speed ranging between 700 Kbps to 1.2 Mbps. So, I made this assumption that if I upgrade to an 8Mbps plan I would at-least get an effective download speed of 4 Mbps. With this kind of speed I could seamlessly stream movies using services like Amazon Instant video, Netflix, etc.

Getting the plan changed

Irritant #1: I had to go in person to the BSNL customer service center and submit a letter stating that I would like to change my plan. This is extremely frustrating to me that a large broadband provider would not have a simple online plan management mechanism. Anyways, I justified to myself that all this effort is worth it if one indeed got a data rate of 8Mbps.
Irritant #2: The plan comes into effect only from the 1st of the following month. So it was quite a long wait since I decided 15 days before the end of the month.
Irritant #3: The billing plan gets promptly updated on the 1st of the month but the ADSL link speed was not updated till almost the end of the 1st week. I should mention that the update happened after relentlessly calling the BSNL office.

What about the broadband speed?

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