Where art thou, o bandwidth!?

Bandwidth, something you only realize the importance of when you don’t have enough of it! Same goes for almost everything else, every other freakin’ thing else!

The lahoris here know it too well, that we have been experiencing one of the finest weathers for a long time. Cool, peaceful breeze with the faintest of showers, so faint that it seems to slowly appear rather than pour! (I know that some parts of Lahore have drowned their roads in silent protest to the government, but that is for a different post!) And for people who are tucked away in their homes, our LESCO (the electric manipulations company!) sends a wake up call, by giving you no light, no fan, no TV, no nothing. The LESCO formula seems to be catching on, now that WorldCall almost religiously follows the same patterns; a little ‘stormy’ weather, and BHOOM, no cable, no Internet. The modem light just blinks, as if mocking you. I stare at the blinking light, trying to catch a beat to it perhaps, but no, it does not have a metronome built it, alas!

My cable is down, the modem light blinking as if to mock me! Akkh. The dial up cards that I had to buy are unbelievably slow. I did not know that majority of the Internet users here in Lahore had to go through ‘this’, this pipette-like bandwidth!

I am hoping you guys will guide me as to which dialup connection is the best and at what times! I still recall, fainlty though, that there were un-written timing when a certain ISP would give you good bandwidth; for example, BRAINNET would be the fastest in the early morning hours. But now, I don’t know. I am using GoNet right now, or perhaps Go Net is using me!

It’s like rationing bandwith, it’s like when the Israel of the Internet attacks the Lebanon of your Peace of Mind, it’s like when you had to tilt that empty coke bottle all the way to the bottoms-up position and then wait! wait for at least ‘some’ drop to find its way through the bottle-neck to give your drying mouth a taste of what ‘could have been!’ Oye hoeyyyy, I miss my bandwidth.

So I have a quick question for all of you here: How many on dialup and how many on cable? DSL, satellite etc?

P.S. I had to re-connect THREE times before I was able to post this! And let me re-confirm your doubt that yes, I am ticked off and I have seen better days than this. I am ticked off enough to at least humor this situation!

11 Comments so far

  1. Sa'ad (unregistered) on September 5th, 2006 @ 3:44 pm

    Im on an ADSL 16264 Kb down 1020 Kb up. Will greatly miss these lightning speeds when i move to pk. And im sure it will take 10 years for Pk to teach these speeds for common household use.

  2. Sabyn (unregistered) on September 6th, 2006 @ 2:29 am

    I can understand very well. I have been through all this. I am on dialup. Dialup can be a cause of high blood pressure and panic attacks…so before freakin’ out, call your friend and ask if PTCL is working well or not?

    So at least you will not be blaming your ISP. Then, if he says NO, PTCL is going great gunz, then call your ISP right away and ask , WHATS GOIN’ ON BHI. They will tell you, we are facing some problem, system will be up and working by one hour etc. etc. AND If your ISP says, we are fine maybe your system needs a restart :)) . Then check that little cable that connects phone to PC. See… so simple BUT
    you know what, these situations can push you to write so well sometimes :) , hai na?

  3. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on September 6th, 2006 @ 3:29 am

    You are still better off for those lucky moments when Worldcall works; there are areas where PTCL exchanges do not support DSL.

    I’m currently using Cyber HiSpeed (comes with an accelerator software). Buss Guzaray laik hee hai!

  4. salman (unregistered) on September 6th, 2006 @ 8:49 am

    naver tell your fast-isp name to anyone, you might slow it down.

  5. salman (unregistered) on September 6th, 2006 @ 8:55 am

    i am on a dial-up but today i have downloaded ie7cr1-16mb, directx9-54mb, and browsing and other downloading for atleast 60mb.

    my isp is great. but i am not going to tell you its name.


  6. Adeel R (unregistered) on September 6th, 2006 @ 9:27 am

    Gem or is it Jem net cards are pretty solid.

  7. Prakash (unregistered) on September 6th, 2006 @ 10:35 am

    The ISP’s in Pakistan suck ! And I have used dialup speeds faster then so called ‘cable internet’ in Pakistan.

    The situation is so pathetic. Shit is being sold to Pakistanis gift wrapped as gold. What a sad state of affairs. The whole world has decent internet connectivitiy but a metro city like Lahore cannot even provide decent connection speed to its people.

    You ppl will never succeed and will always be behind India. Shame on the ISP’s for bullshitting the common folks of thier money but providing shitty internet services.

  8. Sabyn (unregistered) on September 7th, 2006 @ 3:37 am

    Thats offensive, ..Parakhas. But i must say you need to be in same situation or even able to imagine such situation to understand and enjoy the write up, and not to criticize in an unhealthy manner…!

  9. IllusionFS (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 7:03 am

    Hasan Mubarak: The accelerator actually compresses the JPGs and other imagery that you are browsing and the greatly damages the viewing pleasure. Once I installed it and all the images started looking like crap and I uninstalled it right away.

  10. Faried Nawaz (unregistered) on September 24th, 2006 @ 8:48 pm

    I use Worldcall’s 200kbit/sec package, which, with their six months double offer, gives me 400kbit/sec or more. However, I don’t get 400kbit/sec. I can’t explain it (it could be a configuration problem on their end), but I get short bursts of up to 300 kbyte/sec and extended bursts up to 150 or so kbyte/sec.

    Works great for Second Life!

  11. Asad ur Rehman (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 1:18 am

    Yes, bandwidth is shit in Lahore, and in Pakistan in general. Worldcall is the most affordable, and I don’t know about other people, but I get a rock steady, stable 64 kbps over a long period average (on multiple-connection protocols, like Bittorrents or GetRight+accel), which is the first time in Pakistan i’ve ever gotten the advertised data rates.

    MaxCom is supposed to be the best in terms of latency and network equipment, but they have download caps (1 GB or 2 GB i think) which totally negates any use I may have had for it. I think all the gaming crowd use maxcom for it’s low latency high quality bandwidth, even though it is more expensive than worldcall – it certainly is worth the money.

    I’m don’t know the details, but I’m quite sure PTCL and the Government are eating a lot of money when it comes to bandwidth rates. Hell India has better, cheaper bandwidth than us (and has had it for quite some time, btw), and I wouldn’t be surprised if Afghanistan ends up providing better bandwidth than us in a few years.

    Anyone know what the scene with the big telcos is? Why are rates so expensive here?

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