Bangalore connectivity blues


Two weeks ago John Kerry used Bangalore as an example of how rest of the world was going all broadband. He should really someone fact check these claims, because otherwise he looks really quite stupid. Sanjay says that he is having trouble connecting to the net using GPRS, forget broadband in India’s IT mecca. “I need GPRS more in roaming city than in Mumbai as I have access to company network. I hope Bangalore will improve in these areas as it had done in others in the past few years,” he writes. Another reader wrote in: “It is extremely rare to have access at home over more than a dial-up line. Even when staying at the Oberoi, the best hotel in Bangalore (my opinion), the connectivity is so-so.”



I just returned from Bangalore after a quick trip. Broadband connectivity is pathetic in most parts of Bangalore. Though every provider claims DSL and Cable modem provide “’00s Kbps” speeds, in reality it is no better than dial-up. If you are going back from the USA, WAIT! (for the webpages to appear).

Abdul Qabiz

I am kinda used to broadband here in USA and now its my turn to go back to Bangalore…I am wondering that will I have good options there.

In states, we have Comcast and other players in the same market which make our life easier…

But do we have good options in Bangalore?


I just moved back to B’lore. What are my choices for b’band access from home? What’s the recommended solution?



The Oberoi does have broadband….kinda. It’s a wireless set-up that doesn’t always authenticate properly (the front desk must turn the room on, and the user has to enter a long randomly generated password), with poor signal strength.



Dialup is the default, but broadband prices are falling – both DSL and cable broadband is available. Why the Oberoi does not have broadband is a mystery.

Also what’s the connection (no pun intended) between GPRS and broadband? Singapore, where I’m based, has almost 40% broadband penetration – but GPRS data is a fringe business.

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