My Internet subscription ended a few days ago (I wish they had grace periods or something) and I have been generally without a connection for the past weeks, which, along with work, explains my blogging absence. I am partly to blame due to the fact that I’ve been taking my time “shopping” for a “good” Internet Service Provider.
Each year it seems that lingering question of “who is the best Internet Service Provider in Jordan?” surfaces. Actually, if you Google that very question – as well as “Internet connections in Jordan” – the Black Iris ranks second. I mention this because the several posts I’ve written about the subject have contained ongoing discussions and debates since they were first published (2007 and 2008 respectively). In other words, the comments people have left have actually helped me draw some conclusions when it came to choosing my own ISP this year. The many discussions on Humeid’s blog also helped.
Well, since last year, speeds have increased from 2MB to 4MB and 8MB, WiTribe has entered the emerging competitive wimax service in full force, and telecom powerhouse Zain has also come about on wimax technology with it’s e-go.
At the Umniah shop, a clever Google map showcases all the areas covered by the company’s wimax service (dubbed Umax), however, the map is outdated and even if you live in the most predictably covered area (i.e. abdoun and dayer ighbar) you’re not gaurenteed to be covered. Luckily I got both Umax and WiTribe to come over to the house and do a test – both failed miserably to find a connection mostly because of “all the apartments around your house”.
Zain’s new wimax service, e-go (an ironic name because they really seem to take pride in it) can supposedly go up to 8MB. I got to play with it for a few days. Whether in Abdoun, Dayer Ighbar, or Swefieh, the connection (when it did connect) never got past 20%, so you can imagine what the download rate was like.
So, after looking at all the ISP deals around town, of which none seemed at all remotely attractive (prices are still high), I turned to Orange. The thing is, all these ISPs go through Orange anyway, and in most cases where you require some technical support, your ISP will tell you to talk to Orange because the problem is from them. Add to that the fact that for ADSL, I have to pay both my ISP (for a subscription) and Orange for the modem and the service.
It’s become a matter of convenience at this point. If you’re paying Orange anyway, and you have to go through them for technical support, then I might as well subscribe with the company and be done with it.
So I went with their 4MB connection and I’ve yet to really test it out, but, like everything in Jordan, it will be an experience.
Any new experiences out there?