As mentioned in my previous post WIMD established a wireless network covering all Kuwait to transfer the data, unlike traditional DSL that uses landlines. Some people questioned if they have a license to operate as ISP but from what I understood from them is that they have frequencies 5.4 to 5.8 GHz & 2.4 to 2.8 GHz reserved for them from Ministry of Comm. to use.
They drive their Internet bandwidth from KEMS, QualityNet, GulfNet, and soon Fasttelco which according to them will help keep the service up at all times. Their team went up to the roof and started to locate the nearest Base Station, I live in Qadisiya so they said Hawally Central had the strongest signal, they then fixed the antenna (Signal receiver) and made some testing and wiring from the antenna to the wireless Cisco router in my room.
I must say their team was fully equipped and experienced, they provided me with 20 Mbps which is their highest bandwidth speed.
After I had the wireless router ready, I set the connection and did speed and ping tests, I used their servers along with other servers for the testing; download gave 16-18 Mbps and upload gave 14-16 Mbps while ping test gave 12 ms on average.
The first thing came to my mind was HD YouTube videos and huge Torrent files, I was excited how 1080p videos ran smoothly but I noticed on torrent that am getting about 600 Kbps download speed whereas I should get around 2.2 Mbps, they explained that this is because there are numerous signal interference in Hawally due to some people using their frequencies illegally, they also have this issue in Subhan area.
They have no download limit and provide 24/7 trouble-shooting. My experience was positive but I wish if they resolve the signal interference issue to get the full potential.
I paid InfoConnect expo a little visit this morning to see if there’s anything interesting to see or if there are special offers to get, but frankly I was disappointed. All I saw were the same Hawally shops plus telecom and ISP’s with some offers.
There were some good offers but nothing major, so if you are looking for latest techno news or products InfoConnect is surely not the right place for you. I brought you the internet yearly offers, hope this helps.
As you can see the offers are almost the same so if you are to choose which ISP then focus on the customer care and service integrity.
What if I tell you that Internet service will be totally free of charge early next year, impossible right?
Well, I came to know about a global project called ELM Net launched by a Kuwaiti company Tawasul Services that will provide free DSL Internet service to Kuwait and other countries around the world for free.
I spoke with the Project team head, Mr. Tallal Al Yagout, and this is the interview:
What does ELM Net stand for?
ELM stands for Education, Literature, Media. Its a global project that will be launched from Kuwait to the rest of the world and aims of providing free Internet access to everyone.
How long have you been working on this project and what is the cost?
We have been working for over 4 years and the cost is over 4 Million Dinars.
How will you be able to cover the expenses?
We will pay the ISP companies through advertising that will be in the form of clickable banners.