Monday, April 28, 2008

close, but no cigar

You probably known by now the new ADSL+2 packages that Omantel is now offering. But I figured that since I had been yapping about the subject for the past several days of last week, I might as well round it up.

The details are somewhat still sketchy; there are three types of packages; Residential; Commercial; and Governmental.

Residential packages offer up to 8Mbps speeds with unlimited downloads and 512 KBps upstream, with 7 email accounts, free antivirus and spam protection and no monthly rental with no caps according to Omantel's newly established FUP - Fair Usage Policy.

Commercial packages have the same benefits with a maximum download speed of 16Mbps and most likely 1Mbps upstream that includes 15 free email addresses from the Omantel server and antivirus/spam protection.

Governmental packages have not been displayed on the online portal for the company but had been earlier released in the press release in written media yesterday. And as always, they get the best deals.

Its fair to say that some of the prices included for the packages are somewhat reasonable in a manner, but others are completely ridiculous since there is no capping for any of the residential packages apart from the basic 512KBps and 8Mbps packages while the commercial and governmental packages don't have a mention of this FUP that Omantel is to imply.

Omantel has said online that it has come out with this result after comparing prices, packages and policies from different ISPs around the world to end with this. In all honesty, most ISPs - professional ISPs - give their users/customers unlimited downloads no matter what speed they get based on a flat monthly/yearly rate. Why is Omantel so insistent to stay behind the developed world?

I'd say this to those folks at Omantel; Close, but no cigar.

You can check out these packages from the Omantel website.


Jawaher said...

I live in Australia and they pretty much have the same system.

They have different priced packages with a fixed amount of downloads depending on the price. If you go over the limit the speed goes down to dial-up. Other companies charge you extra if you go over the limit. As long as you know how much you need a month it shouldn't be a problem. Don't stress :)

Sleepless In Muscat said...


The whole point of a broadband connection is to offer you the best of speeds at an affordable price to download the heavy files as much as you like.

Clearly that is not the case here.

Faried said...

Yup, we have the same problem here in South Africa. Telkom offers something called a "soft cap" which basically capps the top users when the average cap limit is reached across a certain package structure. You follow?
Oh and I might be moving to Muscat by December. ISA

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