Connections

About a year ago I persuaded my mother to ditch her broadband/telephone supplier for a new one. I’ll mention no names, but they are the most complained about telcoms company in the UK. But their ‘all-you-can-eat’ broadband plan was very tempting. And I do eat an awful lot of broadband. An awful lot. We’re in quite a rural location so we had to settle for a standard 8mb DSL connection, rather than the 40mb to 100mb cable and fibre optic lines available to most people in more urban areas.

Except, just a couple of weeks later, the local green phone junction box had a shiny new sticker on it. BT Fibre Optic broadband available here! Now! Today! My oh my. And just after I’d locked myself into that two year contract with vanilla broadband. I keep torturing myself, checking out all the superfast broadband deals with BT that I could have ordered instead. I could have gotten to like a 63mb download and 20mb upload speed. Very much so, I suspect. Such is life. When the current contract ends, I know where I’ll be guiding mumsy.

I, on the other hand, will be looking at what is available in Mexico. I’d like Cablevision – phone, TV and broadband in one package is appealing. It wasn’t available in my ‘hood when I left, but that was almost a couple of years ago. Things change. If not, what are Telmex in DF doing as far as fibre optic is concerned? I have read that they are pushing it out in some of the smaller cities, including Chihuahua. One of my big complaints in DF was that Mexico did/does rather lag behind as far as internet connectivity is concerned. What is the state of play there these days? Speeds, services, prices? Has anyone tried any alternative providers?

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  • Heh. Super slow and ridiculously expensive internet with insultingly low monthly bandwidth is one of the top reasons why I’ll never return to South Africa. Honestly, after crime and career prospects, it rates pretty high!

    • I know what you mean! It’s kind of sad of us, but still…once you’ve drunk from the well of fast broadband….there’s no going back! It’d be like trading in your cooker for a few logs burning in the back yard. Not gonna happen!

  • F has DSL provided by TelMex, “fondly” referred to by us as “ChingaTel.” These are the two most recent data points. First, his modem/wireless router combo died in the late winter and it took ChingaTel 3 weeks to get around to sending someone out to fix it. This turned out to be about a 5 minute fix. However, once it was fixed, we found that F was getting appx 3 Megs down, and about 620K up, which is faster than his spec since he’s only a KM or so from the central office.

    His friends L & I (who live in Doctores) have Cablevision and are very pleased with it. I don’t know what speed they have, but Skype works notably better there than it does from F’s house.

    Hope this is useful info.

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we have Verizon DSL and have mixed feelings about it. But it mostly works well.

    • My modem in DF broke once. Didn’t someone recently comment somewhere about Americans throwing unreasonable hissy fits when something as bland as a loss of internet connection happened? Well, I think I may have been an honorary Yankee for a few days! 🙂

      Mrs P’s dad had Cablevision. Ironically, he ordered it, because we were ordering it. I wanted the TV in time for the 2006 World Cup. Alas, the Cablevision guy arrived and told us ‘computer says no’, No cable in our hood.

  • Sr,
    You can chech it it here. http://www.axtel.mx/x-tremo/#
    I guess it is the fastest by now in México, but also price is as high as the speed.
    My brother has a 35mb contract which is running on 50mb, he´s paying abouth 1,000 pesos a month, telephone line included.
    Good luck

    • I checked it out, and ouch! Too pricey for me. I’m just really crossing my fingers that Cablevision have pulled their finger out and gotten cable installed in my DF hood. I used to pay 1000 pesos a month to Sky and Telmex for TV, 2mb net and phone. I can get 4mb net, tv and phone for 600 pesos with Cablevision. Although their premium 12mb pack with all the channels for 1000 pesos looks pretty tempting too.

  • I just ran a speakeasy speed test. My DSL at the second fastest option offered by Carlos and his boys is 0.63 Mbps upload and 0.76 Mbps download. And that is advertised as high speed internet.

  • Sheesh! Those speeds are giddy! LOVE to have that access, but my 10 mb links only run around 20 quid a month. What do those screaming speeds cost?
    Dan in NC

    • They run from about £36 p/m. Which is about $55 or MXN750. But it does include the phone line and free calls evenings/weekends. So. Not cheap. But….100mb? Yes please!

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