Qubee with so called “Sky is the limit” package!!

Qubee could well understand their lacking in business policy making. Their product design was not successful initially. They came up with more flexible packages later on. But still they found that Bangladeshi people are not responding well enough with their packages capped with data transfer limit. They are now offering two new packages withdrawing all previous offers of 256 & 512 kbps. The current packages are as follows:

Source: Qubee website

Source: Qubee website

Initially the packages seemed very lucrative to me compared to many other available options in the market. I became curious and called the qubee hotline to know more about it. I asked the qubee representative what actually they tried to mean by “Fair Usage Policy”. They answered me that If some one’s usage is very high, they are going to warn the user at a certain point. This means with 256/512 kbps speed, if someone downloads continuously qubee is  going to “WARN” you that your usage is violating “FAIR USAGE POLICY”. Then I asked whether they are going to impose any restriction if someone violates the Fair usage policy. They answered me that the packages offer unlimited usage and they are not going to impose any restriction. Then finally I asked them what if someone continues to download violating the fair usage policy and the warning? To be honest they didn’t answer this question of mine directly.

What this means is that they will probably reduce the bandwidth after some time. This is not an old practice in Bangladesh. We have seen GrameenPhone/Citycell offering unlimited internet packages and after few days their throughput (Speed) going down when the number of subscriber went high. This will probably happen to qubee customers also.  These ISPs are there for business. The cost of dedicated 256/512 kbps is way higher than what qubee offers. 512 kbps dedicated bandwidth (through submarine cable) costs 9 thousand taka (1 mbps = 18 thousand taka). Qubee is offering it with 2250 taka.  I’ll leave the rest to your understanding.

BanglaLion starts as the second WiMAX service provider in Bangladesh

The second WiMAX operator has started its journey in Bangladesh. As far as I could learn from Banglalion’s website, they are offering their services in selected areas of Dhaka City. But definitely they’ll spread out soon. Their offers are cheaper than the first operator – Augere (QUBEE). But they couldn’t get out of the download cap too like qubee. Their offers are as follows:

Users Pack Package No. Speeds Monthly Subscription (TK) Monthly Usage
Starter P1 128 kbps 600 3 GB
Value Pack (Option A) P2 256 kbps 1000 5 GB
Value Pack (Option B) P3 256 kbps 1250 8 GB
Value Plus (Option A) P4 512 kbps 2150 10 GB
Value Plus (Option B) P5 512 kbps 2500 15 GB
Home Plus P6 768 kbps 3000 17 GB
Home Pro P7 1 mbps 3750 20 GB
Mega Pack P8 2 mbps 7000 25 GB
Jumbo Pack P9 5 mbps 15000 30 GB
  • 300tk activation fee applies (waive with 1 year sign up)
  • Additional Usage Tk. 0.15/MB
  • All charges are excluding VAT

Source: BanglaLion Website.

BanglaLion is offering three types of connectivity:

  1. Connectivity through outdoor unit (costs 10000 taka, supports upto 6 users)
  2. Connectivity through indoor unit (costs 7000 taka, supports upto 6 users)
  3. Connectivity through WiMAX Dongle (A pen drive like device for single user)

Their offer’s are more diversified than Qubee. Currently they are offering 9 packages with different Bandwidth and download caps.

They are infact a step ahead than qubee by offering speeds upto 5 mbps. I hope BanglaLion’s entry will initiate a competition between the two operators and will ultimately bring out some really cool offers for their clients.

Qubee offers 5 new packages

It seems that Augere could learn something from the responses they got from their initial packages. They’ve refined their offers and it seems that they’ve started understanding what people want from them. Current packages are as follows:

Source: Qubee website

Source: Qubee website

Even the modem price has gone down. This was required for them to compete against the existing wireless (or mobile) internet service providers. But they couldn’t get out of the volume based offers. Five (5) Gigabytes for 1250 taka is still high. If they want to get the attention of mass internet users they need to offer something for less than 700 taka with minimum 10 GB data transfer.

Download links of some books on WiMAX

Fundamentals of WiMAX:
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=RORFMDLQ

WiMAX Technology for Broadband Access:
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=UCZEXB40

WiMAX Technologies Performance Analysis & QoS:
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=H2YPJNZL

WiMAX Applications:
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=TAJUXJQY

WiMAX Operators Manual building 802.16 Wireless Networks:
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=8UOH9445

WiMAX Operators Manual building 802.16 Wireless Networks:
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=23JCM76T