Quality Of Internet Service In The Capital

Internet.bmpDeregulation regime coupled with investment worth billions of rupees notwithstanding, high speed (broadband) internet has failed to earn the same market appeal as has been witnessed in the case of mobile telephony.Slow-speed dial connection still captures predominant size of the market share while the subscribers continue be ripped off due to total absence of customer support, lack of accountability and transparency in the Internet service providers own financial statements.

The poor subscribers have to rely predominantly on the Internet cards ranging from Rs10 to Rs250 or more. With limited and rather slow penetration of wireless local loop phones (WLL), the dependence on low-quality dial-up Internet seems to become a fate of the swelling cyber savvy population of the people. Isn’t it strange that most of us in Islamabad have to still rely on connections over phone lines, which is a primitive method if compared with the rest of developed world. On top of it we also have unreliable services even to the broad band and DSL users due to in efficent policies, methods and procedures adopted by PTCL.

Cost of a broadband connection is around Rs1,000 per month for a volume limited connection but this budget is too much for a middle class family to be spent on Internet.

In a recent interactive workshop on broadband issues, organised by the Ministry of IT&T, the speakers and subscribers severely criticised lack of seriousness of the government to make broadband affordable for masses.

4 Comments so far

  1. Asad (unregistered) on March 7th, 2007 @ 1:54 am

    DSL and other high speed services are expensive but that won’t change unless the Minister himself is an avid internet user and is forced to use dialup.

  2. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on March 7th, 2007 @ 1:44 pm

    If its not DSL – even WOL for 10-12 per hour Sucks !!!!!

    But thats for Islamabad only – in Lahore even cards that’s like for 4/5 rs per hour are sooo soo good that you enjoy surfing – its not like burden .

  3. Abid Siddiqui (unregistered) on March 15th, 2007 @ 10:23 am

    I think we are the only country who are paying for each MB and GB where as the other countries are charging on monthly basis for unlimited access.

    The main culprit is PTCL, PTCL is charging too much fee as calling themselves a partner from Cyber net, Multinet, Miconet, Dancom and Habib Rafiq.

  4. Matthew (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2007 @ 6:30 am

    I agree, it is necessary for people to understand the potential of high speed internet access. High speed internet connections will help improve the efficiency of many businesses in Pakistan, especially the fact that many high speed internet services allow users to access the phone and use the internet at the same time.

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