There is a big rave about DiGi’s latest offering – DiGi Broadband. One thing caught me eye – “Broadband done right”. Okay , so I took at look at their packages and hows their offerings and such. For starters , their package seems to be too good to be true (It seems that DiGi has done some homework before rolling out their service). Kudos DiGi
First thing first. The plans :-
In other words , the low-end plan starts as RM 58 (as opposed to Celcom’s low end plan and Maxis’ Low end plan which costs roughly around RM 70) and their high-end plan costs RM 188. Both of the plans do have different data limit and the best part is that suppose if you use extra data – you’ll be charged RM 0.15/10 MB for the low-end plan and RM 0.05/10MB for the medium plan (which has a bigger data limit). However there is a soft limit which has been set , in other words your bill wouldn’t exceed RM 138 for both of the cases. As for RM 188 package , thats the limit – 20GB.
So for instance in a month , if I use additional 1GB of data , I would be paying an additional RM 15.36 (assuming if i am going for the low-end data package). That isn’t so bad considering DiGi allows its customers to use more data for a nominal additional fee ! As usual once you have reached the limit , you’ll be capped at 128Kbps as opposed to P1 @ 400Kbps , Maxis – 64Kbps , Celcom 64Kbps/128Kbps). These are the advantages and uh it seems that there is no contract period or what-so-ever. Let me sum the advantages and disadvantages of it and then we’ll take a look at my in-depth analysis
Advantages : – No up front fees what-so-ever , using HSPA technology instead of HSDPA (I’ll get into this later) , DiGi offers in terms of minimum bandwidth rather then promising speeds up to 3.6Mbps as done by Maxis and Celcom ! . Meaning that at normal times , your minimum throughput should be around 700Kbps/200Kbps (for the low-end package) and of course it can go higher ! Great upload speed !!!
Disadvantages : – Limited coverages (for now). Its still Wireless and its not suitable for playing fps !
That’s about it that I can think. Oh yeah , it doesn’t come along with a modem like Maxis Wireless.
However I don’t include this as an advantage/disadvantage. Its very subjective , some prefer if the ISP bundles the modem and others (myself included) prefer to get our own modem !
Now for the in-depth analysis and my thoughts. I am telling you that this isn’t for the pusillanimous , ! If you want to read go ahead and read. You’ll be learning something new. I’ll try to explain in simple english
What’s this HSPA all about ? Any advantages over Maxis/Celcom HSDPA/3GX , etc ?
The HSPA (High Speed Packet Access/3.5G+) Technology – Commonly I am sure that you have heard the term HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access – which gives you what our broadband guys call it 3.5). It just gives you faster download speed and crappy upload speed (aka 384Kbps). Basically 3G ‘s bandwidth is 384Kbps for upstream and downstream and then HSPDA allowed speeds up to 14.4Mbps. Now DiGi knows that in order to deliver superb broadband experience , its better to switch to HSPA (In other words combining HSUPA + HSDPA) into one. The reasons why they did this is mainly to enhance user experience. If they are combined together , they further reduce the latency , further improve download speed and not to mention upstream – which allows you to use mission critical applications such as Skype , MSN or even broadcast yourself in HD !
Overall , it will give you a better mobile broadband experience !
I managed to grab this speed test posted by my good friend Yong Kai Loon . It clearly shows that the downlink is pretty good and same goes for the uplink
Now there even a YouTube Movie created by this guy to show the greatness of DiGi Broadband.Anyway just take a look. This video describes it all. There is no point for me to put my thoughts in this virtual piece of paper. Picture gives you a thousand words anyway !
Oh yeah good luck waiting for it to buffer. One thing – I am shocked and impressed with the time it takes for it to buffer a HD stream from youtube.It was way faster then P1 , Maxis , Celcom and even streamyx ! One word wow !
That is all that I would like to sum it up. I just hope someone from DiGi reads my thought and may want to give me a review model to review it. I am willing to review your broadband service and write up a good review. My hopes is that , I hope that DiGi keeps up the momentum and their promises. If not , they’ll be having lots of problems just like how Maxis and Celcom are facing right now. I could say that majority of the users aren’t sastified with the services because of several other factors which I’ve mentioned in my previous blog entries !