Three different Broadband Internet Comparisons

I’ll compare Internet speed tests for three distinct online broadband connections I have had the chance to utilize in Thailand. If you will be in Thailand, ideally this comparison can enable you to make a determination on which Internet broadband supplier to select. Of the 3 services analyzed, one uses a portable wireless system which uses GSM Edge to attach to the web. Another two are standard ADSL providers from competing businesses in Thailand. Each of the evaluations were performed with the exact same notebook, at roughly the same time daily. Tests were conducted within 5 KM of one another at Chiang Rai Thailand.Else give a try to ourĀ tool.

The first broadband form I analyzed was that the AIS wireless Edge alternative. I bought a USB Edge card in 7-11 convenience store that are everywhere Thailand. The cost included 20 hours of wireless moment.

It’s possible to buy extra hours into the card. Adding 20 hours of time is 150 Baht (about $4.50 USD) The USB card itself houses a SIM card exactly enjoy the SIM card that goes to your cell phone. In actuality, you are able to swap AIS SIM cards between your telephone and USB card if you would like. The USB card has applications built and that I successfully flashed it on Windows XP and Windows 7 notebooks. The program works exactly like any other dial-up/3G/4G modem in which you click a button to connect and disconnect from the web.

Why evaluation Edge rather than 3G? Well, Thailand is now caught up in legal difficulties with wireless carriers around allocating 3G frequencies therefore the current 3G offerings are extremely limited. Edge is the most suitable choice for nationwide policy unfortunately. In actuality, Thailand could be better off leapfrogging 3G and moving straight to a 4G technology like WiMAX or LTE. I wrote a post for Network World magazine at 2009 seeing a Cisco pilot program studying WiMAX in a University in Northern Thailand. I have had the chance to view 4G in activity both in Thailand and at america and in the two places, I came away really impressed…much more of an actual competitor to DSL compared to 3G wireless.

That being said, should you travel often, the AIS Edge isn’t a bad choice…so long as you don’t need much bandwidth. Not quite impressive but it does the job when just browsing the world wide web. I even was able to do a Skype video phone with this card although the movie quality was pretty awful.

The next speed test I tried is a DSL link from TOT in Thailand. The majority of people who have DSL opt for the cheapest offering that’s 4000 Kbps download and 512 Kbps upload. Presently, the monthly fee for the service is 590 Baht ($18 USD) per month that contains a DSL modem/router The rate test revealed a much reduced download amount getting approximately 1779Kbps down and 371Kbps up.

Last, I analyzed another favorite DSL carrier in Thailand known as 3BB. The monthly cost for the service using a comprised DSL modem router is also the same as TOT in 590 Baht a month. Unlike the TOT support evaluation, the 3BB download rates have been spot on. Concerning upload rates, 3BB was a tiny bit lower compared to the TOT ADSL link that was analyzed.

Please remember that this is simply one persons evaluation. Your results may vary based upon location and time of the day. Based on these evaluations, if I were to settle on a DSL provider, I’d go with 3BB for its much superior download evaluation. If I truly relied on regular uploads, I’d decide on the TOT DSL connection. Last, when I had a mobile online solution, I would need to go with AIS’s Edge…though 3BB’s upload rates were rather close and appear to burst at greater rates.