Qtel already upgrades ADSL Speed?

By xtian001
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Look at the image above! WOOOOOW. Is this permanent? For the past years, my torrent download speed is maxed at 65kbps. I am using Mozaic so my package is 512kbps. I was checking my torrent today and was surprised to see one torrent downloading at 77kbps, with the other 2 downloading at more than 15kbps each!

I also tested the speed using speedtest.net and got a significant bump from last week's result. Last week, the top download speed was about 300kbps or .3Mb/s. Now, there is a 100% increase and more. Check out the image below and behold.

QTEL ADSL
So is this the "upgrade" that we're supposed to be seeing from Qtel. If it is, I am one happy customer! Check your ADSL speed and tell me if you're experiencing the same thing
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By umair9001• 11 years 3 months ago.
umair9001

it depends might be the exchange you connected to has too many users downloading..or if you are sharing your connection then another use is using it nicely..

By markbarbaby• 11 years 3 months ago.
markbarbaby

Download speed is doubled (thanks!) but upload speed remains the same.. guess you can't have everything.

By markbarbaby• 11 years 3 months ago.
markbarbaby

Restarted the router.. problem fixed. Thanks Q-Tel!.. though only the download speed is doubled but the upload remains the same.. half empty or half full?

By fresh start• 11 years 5 months ago.
fresh start

or is it just me? I always notice things get slower at weekends and in the evenings, but all day today it has been like the proverbial snail...anyone else having probs today?

This is picture is obviously NOT me, I don't smoke..

By noodle• 11 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
noodle

its a good news/bad news story. Yes they've doubled the speed, however if you are a long way from the exchange, the connection will not be able to cope with the increased speed and the internet connection will drop off.

I've had little or no internet connection for the last 2 weeks (since they generously upgraded the speed!!!!)

I went from base speed of 2 meg (doubled became 4 meg) and have now had to decrease the original speed to 1 meg (doubling now makes it 2 meg), and it works again.

If you're having issues talk to Qtel.

By t_coffee_or_me• 11 years 5 months ago.
t_coffee_or_me

Guys stop comparing to your home land TIG

My friend went to USA from here and it took him 3 months to get connected. This is a fact.

 

 

 

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By Jhopp• 11 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
Jhopp

Just tested my connection. Still at 2MB/s and I powered off my router for a few minutes before restarting and checking.

Its really disappointing considering there is a huge Qtel tower and comms building right next to my compound here on Al Waab near the stadium.

Its nice for the speed boost, but its still extremely overpriced. I was paying less than half for a 4MB line all the way back in 2004 in the US.

By newkidontheblock• 11 years 5 months ago.
newkidontheblock

mine is 2MB account and currently my UP is 638 kbps and 4.783 Download kbps. COOL! :D

By markbarbaby• 11 years 5 months ago.
markbarbaby

I have a mozaic standard package and speedtest.net results are:

Download: 1.32Mbps - as expected thanks qtel!

Upload : 0.04Mbps - what the hell? it's worse than before!

any thoughts? or maybe still in transition period???

By master_mas• 11 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
master_mas

Confirmed.

The ADSL speed upgrade will effectively double Broadband speeds for ADSL and Mozaic TV+ customers, free of charge, with immediate effect.

With the speed upgrade program, customers currently enjoying speeds of 512 Kbps can migrate to 1 Mbps without any additional charges, retaining the competitive price of QR200 a month.

This same speed upgrade is being made available for customers of Mozaic TV+, which will now come with 1 Mbps as standard.

Customers using the higher 1 Mbps or 2 Mbps service can move up to the 2Mbps or the new 4 Mbps service – without additional charges.

Qtel will now phase out the 512 Kbps service, and deliver 1 Mbps high speed Internet as standard. Customers will be able to deploy the 1 Mbps for QR200, 2 Mbps for QR 300, and 4 Mbps for QR 400.

By adeel_9298• 11 years 5 months ago.
adeel_9298

Mine still not doubled .... just cjecked it on speedtest.net, it's still 512 :(

I'm living in AlKhuraityat

By force1• 11 years 5 months ago.
force1

Update

Speed also doubled in Al KHOR!

At about 1:30AM last night, the internet stopped working and I was praying that when I wake up the speed wud have doubled.

And then this morning, BAM, double baby :0

By Rizks• 11 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 2/5
Rizks

lol TCOM, Smoke ....

By smoke• 11 years 5 months ago.
smoke

Spank him TCOM!

Good Fortune always comes knocking at your door...when you are sh*tting in the toilet!! :)

_[]~SMoKE~[]_

 

By t_coffee_or_me• 11 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 3/5
t_coffee_or_me

windupmerchant

Better go and sell ice cream. Nobody forced you to read my shit

 

 

 

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By windupmerchant• 11 years 5 months ago.
windupmerchant

t_coffee your comments are boring and repetivie as sh!t

By t_coffee_or_me• 11 years 5 months ago.
t_coffee_or_me

1 mb = QR 200

2 mb = QR 300

4 mb = QR 400

 

 

 

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By smoke• 11 years 5 months ago.
smoke

Bleu how can they upgrade users from 1mb to 2mb charge them 300 bucks and leave 2mb at the rate of 400 bucks then? They should have increased it to something could be 3mb or 4mb but i doubt its 5mb. Either that or there are NO 3 options just 1mb and 2mb for 200 and 300 right?

Good Fortune always comes knocking at your door...when you are sh*tting in the toilet!! :)

_[]~SMoKE~[]_

 

By bleu• 11 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
bleu

smoke,

I was saying:

512k -> 1MB

1MB -> 2MB

2MB -> 2MB

everyone at 512k and 1MB says his speed has doubled, nobody here said they got double the speed (other than sibdawani).

By smoke• 11 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 3/5
smoke

I live in mamoura and my speed has gone from 1 mb to 2mb from the last 1 week.

Good Fortune always comes knocking at your door...when you are sh*tting in the toilet!! :)

_[]~SMoKE~[]_

 

By Bahraini83• 11 years 5 months ago.
Bahraini83

got my speed doubled .. 512 to 1024

pretty good .. except the unexplained disconnection that i have been fighting with Qtel about

By anonymous• 11 years 5 months ago.
anonymous

depend's..... upon no. of users, speed gets slow if the users are more than 2, however for single line its boosts up....

By t_coffee_or_me• 11 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 2/5
t_coffee_or_me

The have already started with Doha

 

 

 

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By bleu• 11 years 5 months ago.
bleu

I'm in the middle of Doha...

By force1• 11 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 3/5
force1

they are doing it area by area.

Al khor hasn't got the upgrade yet tho. :(

By bleu• 11 years 5 months ago.
bleu

abuimad, they're only upgrading the 512k and 1mb. We should downgrade.

By abuimad• 11 years 5 months ago.
abuimad

am i the only one with a 2mb connection still getting around 110 KB/s, i used to get 70 and now its 110 big woop, still shy of the true 2MB

By bleu• 11 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
bleu

Not much faster on my 2MBps Link

And look at the upload speed!!

This is between me and Q-Tel so it should be the maximum I could ever get.

By manojvarughese• 11 years 5 months ago.
manojvarughese

I was surprised to see after two years of continuous 512k broadband usage the download tranfer rate just doubling to 120-130 KB/sec from 65 KB/s. I was waiting so long for this to happen..Now rates seem to be justified!!

By Saurabh7• 11 years 5 months ago.
Saurabh7

Mesaieed Internet Speed Doubled!

By dandrough• 11 years 5 months ago.
dandrough

My torrent download speed gets up to 470 kb/s.

Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for yourself.

By bleu• 11 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
bleu

mine was 2.4 Mbps and now its 1.2Mbps.

Fantastic Speed.

max. goes to 143 Kb/s downloading speed

By dependable• 11 years 5 months ago.
dependable

The Mozaic users have been upgraded so far apart from that the Doha area users are being upgraded.

By Saurabh7• 11 years 5 months ago.
Saurabh7

Can anyone confirm the upgrade with their locations? So we can know which area are being upgraded?

By sidbawany• 11 years 5 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
sidbawany

mine was 2.4 Mbps and now its 5.2Mbps.

Fantastic Speed.

max. goes to 560 Kb/s downloading speed

By Bahraini83• 11 years 5 months ago.
Bahraini83

all i got so far .. is the disconnection every hour :@

By smoke• 11 years 5 months ago.
smoke

Nonsense i check my speed last night and its still on 1mb :(

Good Fortune always comes knocking at your door...when you are sh*tting in the toilet!! :)

_[]~SMoKE~[]_

 

By Saurabh7• 11 years 5 months ago.
Saurabh7

Still at 512kbps!

By cooljoe• 11 years 5 months ago.
cooljoe

I also noticed that the speed has been doubled. I was downloading Windows 7 RC and it shows 130KB/s - so thats 1MB connection. Wish it would have been much earlier. Anyways...better late than never!

By t_coffee_or_me• 11 years 6 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
t_coffee_or_me

They will charge you the same and your speed will be 2mb

 

 

 

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By force1• 11 years 6 months ago.
force1

automatically...they did the same thing 3 years back...

the minimum used to be 256kbps and now the min is 512kbps...they automatically double everyone's speeds without changing the price.

By smoke• 11 years 6 months ago.
Rating: 2/5
smoke

TCOM so your saying that now since i upgraded to 1mb they will change it to 2mb automatically? or are they going to ask if we'd like to keep the same speed and charge us less?

Meaning from next month instead of paying 300 for my 1mb speed will i be paying 200 or will i be paying same 300 for 2mb speed?

Good Fortune always comes knocking at your door...when you are sh*tting in the toilet!! :)

_[]~SMoKE~[]_

 

By t_coffee_or_me• 11 years 6 months ago.
Rating: 3/5
t_coffee_or_me

They are doing it area wise

1mb = Qr.200/-

2mb = Qr.300/-

4mb = Qr.400/-

Mozaic with speed 1mb = Qr. @250/-

Mozaic with speed 2 mb = Qr. 350/-

 

 

 

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By smoke• 11 years 6 months ago.
smoke

last night and upto this morning my 1mb connection sucked Sh*t through a straw at around 512kb >:( grr and its been happening quite a few times since i upgraded. It took them a WEEK to upgrade it..no wait actually they FORGOT!I had to call them up again and inquire about it.

TCOM what are you saying dude!! 512kb no more? so what they are starting the base package at 1mb for the price of 512? Confirm on this good new please, and when is it coming into effect? yallah

Good Fortune always comes knocking at your door...when you are sh*tting in the toilet!! :)

_[]~SMoKE~[]_

 

By force1• 11 years 6 months ago.
force1

I agree about the cost issue, its ADSL is much more expensive than the UK, USA and anywhere in Europe. But when compared to other Gulf countries its apparently not that expensive.

A reason might be economies of scale? and infrastructure? Qtel has to lease everything. While bigger companies can set up their own technology?

By ngourlay• 11 years 6 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
ngourlay

force1

The reason people criticise Qtel is that they offer a poor service and there is no alternative supplier.

In the UK, BT offer unlimited usage of an 8mbps broadband connection for 100 QR/month [source]. Qtel's base package costs twice that and offers a fraction of the speed [source].

You might say: "Well that's just the UK; they are obviously going to be cheaper." But I can't see why. There doesn't seem any solid reason why Qtel costs more, and offers less. Well, there are a couple of cynical reasons I might suggest: that they are scalping customers to exploit their dominant market position, and that they have underinvested for a decade in capacity building.

By t_coffee_or_me• 11 years 6 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
t_coffee_or_me

SPEED 512

dependable is right

the new speed for ADSL is

512 to 1mb

1 to 2 mb

2 to 4 mb

512 will be no more

For Mozaic speed will be 1MB same price

2 MB + QR100

upgradation is being done in phased as per area

 

 

 

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By force1• 11 years 6 months ago.
force1

No they are not limiting torrents, as I said I get full speeds on torrents (since I use private torrents, ie I pay for them, there are heavy seeders in the States and Europe using seed boxes capable of uploading at speeds of 100Mbps.

My friends also tried the torrent sites and got their full bandwidth speed.

By force1• 11 years 6 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
force1

that's not how speedtests work...my connection is half and Mb and im getting 65KBps which is correct. Even when you download from something hosted by Qtel, you are still only going to download at your max speed. Just because you're downloading something hosted on qtels servers will not download at a faster rate than the bandwidth assigned by qtel.

i use private trackers when it comes to torrents, so I always get max speeds. I have friends who have the 2Mb connection, and they are getting 200KBps (they have always been getting that).

My ADSL has never had any problems, except during the cable break-up, so I do not see why everyone runs around criticizing QTEL.

By ngourlay• 11 years 6 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
ngourlay

When I was still editing The Peninsula's technology supplement (before the inmates took over the asylum), I asked Qtel whether they were limiting bandwidth for specific applications. Here is their response:

Qtel is providing full and equal capacity to all sites, including high-bandwidth file sharing and video sharing sites, and will continue to increase the capacity provided in-line with its ongoing investment in its network.

The only exception to this approach comes in periods of extreme and unusual network strain, such as the challenge created by the breach of the sub-sea Internet cables in December 2008. In these instances, capacity provided to some social streaming sites – such as video sharing websites – will be limited in order to provide maximum capacity to business applications and e-mail. These limitations are lifted as soon as is technically possible. (Full capacity was restored in Qatar on January 6, 2009, in the case of the cable breaks).

Qtel aims to provide full access to customers to enable them to run applications and services as they need them. The company has invested over US$3.2 billion in technology infrastructure for Qatar, as part of the Broadband Qatar strategy, which aims to fast, reliable Internet access at high-speeds for people across Qatar.

I think they are limiting torrent, but it's difficult to design a test. Any suggestions?

By ngourlay• 11 years 6 months ago.
ngourlay

missing the point...

Who cares what the speed is between you and Qtel?!

What proportion of websites you visit are hosted in Qatar? Zero.

The bottleneck is not the ADSL line, but Qtel's cable links to Europe.

I now have one megabit to Qtel, but am still only getting 25KB on torrent. That's because of cable capacity and (I suspect but Qtel denies) traffic shaping by Qtel.

Gulf Bridge won't launch the new cables for another couple of years, so it's only going to get worse, no matter how fast your connection to Qtel.

By bleu• 11 years 6 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
bleu

It's faster today

By labeledas• 11 years 6 months ago.
labeledas

so all the packages are the same except price. or at least that is how it seems

By bleu• 11 years 6 months ago.
bleu

labeledas, used to get 200k on lucky days, but after they started the "upgrades", I never got more than 100-130k ...

By labeledas• 11 years 6 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
labeledas

I got the 2Mbps connection and i have never gotten higher then 130K download speed, and that is using torrents with 1200 seeders or newsgroups which has nothing to do with peers.

what are some speeds of you other 2Mbps users.

By thegr8spy• 11 years 6 months ago.
thegr8spy

Iam actually gettin much more than this

By umair9001• 11 years 6 months ago.
umair9001

http://www.qtel.com.qa/Nextnews.do?next=15421

heres the official word from qtel.. :)

Thnx & Regards,

Umair

By newkidontheblock• 11 years 6 months ago.
newkidontheblock

im using a 2MB (max. 2.5) bandwidth. Honestly speaking, before i used a wireless router and it was very slow and keeps on disconnecting after every 5 minutes. then last,it was hell, been disconnecting for 10-15 mins. and have to reset the router to re-connect again.

so i called QTEL and have them send over to check. they replaced it back to speedtouch modem. after that, no more disconnecting and downloads keeps on coming very very fast. Unbelievable! :D

By master_osaamaa• 11 years 6 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
master_osaamaa

its true

i've also got the same thing on my mozaic package.......

my max download speed is 144kb/s.........thats coooooooooool

By dependable• 11 years 6 months ago.
dependable

Yes its true QTEL is upgrading ADSL speeds...infact Doubling it!!!

512 to 1mb

1 to 2 mb

2 to 4 mb

for the same price.

Its being done area by area,dslam by dslam. so some may not be upgraded yet. But by EOM all will be

By fadishehadeh• 11 years 6 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
fadishehadeh

The whole area will get fiber optics (the gulf) through QSTP and will feed vodafone and qtel, the company building the project is called GBI or gulf bridge international and you can visit its webpage on www.gulfbridgeinternational.com their fiber optics cable will provide up to 15gb/sec and will be built with the collaboration of some of the major countries in the gulf under the gulf sea.

By brainheater• 11 years 6 months ago.
brainheater

r u facing dis problem in Barwa Compounds? becoz similiar problem ppl are facing there

By anonymous• 11 years 6 months ago.
anonymous

MD... 150 GB/s!!!.....wow.....how did you get Optical Fiber Cable in Qatar .....through QTel?

xtian001 ....what the hell are you downloading 12GBs!!!...lol

Once I remember getting 200 to 223kbps on Moziac....a month after the cable broke last time....

But for torrents it mostly depends upon the numbers of seeders and their speed....so if MD is seeding something we might get it faster rather than someone seeding with a slower speed.

By aamer• 11 years 6 months ago.
aamer

waiting for the 2mb speed :P

By fadishehadeh• 11 years 6 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
fadishehadeh

yes 100% sure

max download speed on 1mb is 130kb/s so if you have 1 mb and you start downloading at 266 kb/s then your connection is doubled, this applies to 512 - 1 and 2 mb

By Burple• 11 years 6 months ago.
Burple

I don't know which Qtel you guys are talking about but in my side I'm still experiencing the usual turtle speed

By r7• 11 years 6 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
r7

Im using the 1mb ADSL connection n its goin pretty smooth while : browsing, Using Limewire, Internet Radio and updating my cell phone online...

Limewire is downloading at around 75 /KBs

By anonymous• 11 years 6 months ago.
Rating: 2/5
anonymous

OC-3072 broadband connection = 159 Gb/s!!!

By goodlookin• 11 years 6 months ago.
goodlookin

Wow 1mb, 2mb, 4mb....no way!!! lol... I forgot how useless Qtel is, those speeds are a joke.

50mb Fibre Optic is the present, 1mb is the past.

By Saurabh7• 11 years 6 months ago.
Saurabh7

to Fadishehadeh : Are yu sure? :s

By fadishehadeh• 11 years 6 months ago.
Rating: 2/5
fadishehadeh

Qtel will double the speed:

512 to 1mb

1 to 2 mb

2 to 4 mb

for the same price.

By ngourlay• 11 years 6 months ago.
ngourlay

Qtel's censorship filter caches the files that speedtest tries to download, so the test doesn't measure what you think it measures. It only measures the speed between you and the Qtel censor filter, not between you and anywhere else in the world.

By dawestsides• 11 years 6 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
dawestsides

The better test you can have to monitor your DSL speed is online gaming.

Last month my ping (response time) was around 200 at best.

Now I'm running Call Of Duty 4 on US servers below 150 all the time :)

I noticed this improvement on the 1st of April.

I'm getting above 75kbps on my torrents too.

So yes ,Qtel did a speed upgrade,at least for the 512Kbps subscriptions.

Note : I don't have Mozaic

Hardcore Gamer!

By bleu• 11 years 6 months ago.
bleu

They must have downgraded me to 1MB....

I had one test just like nickless...

By nicklessguy• 11 years 6 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
nicklessguy

seems slow :(

By salman-s• 11 years 6 months ago.
salman-s

I asked my mother right now and she said that QTEL HAS UPGRADED EVERYONE'S SPEED TO 1MB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IT MIGHT BE MOZAIC PEOPLE FOR NOW. but patience is the key

By salman-s• 11 years 6 months ago.
salman-s

this freaked me out too i started my rapidshare download and it reached 150 and STAYED there for the whole time. i have the mazaic package

By xtian001• 11 years 6 months ago.
Rating: 2/5
xtian001

I am suspicious of using Speedtest.net. I'm more convinced by the actual download speed of my torrent. Currently getting 124kbps from my usual-never-changing 65kbps.

Probably they're starting with Mozaic customers since we have better lines than those on usual ADSL connections. And it shouldn't matter if your cable box is turned on or not. The cable box has a different setting and allocated bandwidth than your ADSL. So it's not true that if you don't use the cable and turn it off, the bandwidth allocated to it would transfer to your Internet line.

http://www.lifeonthespot.com

By bleu• 11 years 6 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
bleu

My 2Mbps link is slower, tried twice (2 hours difference)...

Once it was 0.3 dl - 0.1 ul

The second time it was 1.3 dl - 0.2 ul

It used to be 1.9 to 2.2 dl, 0.3 ul

And it's not even connecting to the Internet, it's with a Qtel server...

By hawker• 11 years 6 months ago.
hawker

uploading files on rapidshare right now, it starts at 222kbps and after a few minutes it will drop to 16kbps :(

from what i've read on the local news, is that q-tel will be working on it this April and there will be a short term disruption within the first few weeks during off-peak hours. here's the link to he news http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/Display_news.asp?section=business_news&month=march2009&file=business_news200903316533.xml

http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=281809&version=1&template_id=36&parent_id=16

"How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, tolerant of the weak. Someday you will have been all of these."

By anonymous• 11 years 6 months ago.
anonymous

i have mozaic and my speed also change to 1 mb. i think its only for mozaic customers

By umair9001• 11 years 6 months ago.
umair9001

no chnge for me also..160kbps/640kbps up/down bandwidth..

By anonymous• 11 years 6 months ago.
anonymous

they will put it back to 512kbps as what your subscription is lol

By dbeaty@asd.edu.qa• 11 years 6 months ago.
Rating: 2/5
dbeaty@asd.edu.qa

Try another ISP. The Speedtest.net test to Qtel is not really a true test as it is testing your connection to your local ISP. Try at least Bahrain or something... BTW is your Mosaic TV unit connected and on and working?

By Saurabh7• 11 years 6 months ago.
Rating: 3/5
Saurabh7

Got normal 512Kbps connection

No significant change :)

By xtian001• 11 years 6 months ago.
xtian001

So it might be for Mozaic subscribers for now???

Hopefully this is not just for tonight ;)

http://www.lifeonthespot.com

By aamer• 11 years 6 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
aamer

no change 4 me ...i m currently having da 1 mb package.....da download speed is just 130-133 kbps :(

By Mandilulur• 11 years 6 months ago.
Mandilulur

My VOIP is down at the moment (of course I'm such an idiot that I have no idea if this is relevant to my ADSL.)

Mandi

By kimd• 11 years 6 months ago.
Rating: 3/5
kimd

I'm on Mozaic and mine is currently 1.31mbps,

>

May your dreams take you travelling all through your life.

By xtian001• 11 years 6 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
xtian001

Qatari,

Sorry forgot to mention... I'm on Mozaic. So my speed should just be 512kbps. I can't edit the above so if you can add it there somewhhere, I'd appreciate it .

Thanks!

http://www.lifeonthespot.com

By anonymous• 11 years 6 months ago.
anonymous

what package are you on?

By baldrick2dogs• 11 years 6 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
baldrick2dogs

Now you mention it .... My connection does seem much faster tonight :o)

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