PTCL is Doubling DSL Speed in Phases

We had heard rumors of PTCL doubling broadband speeds for its DSL subscribers in March 2010. We were then told that PTCL may celebrate March 23rd, 2010 by doubling DSL speeds – however, plan got delayed due to capacity limitations then.

Lately, we have received reports from multiple ProPakistani readers that they are experiencing double speeds on their PTCL DSL connections.

We couldn’t arrange official viewpoint on this, however, confirmations from certain PTCL users are already available.

Based on sources’ information, we can predict that this doubling of speed will be carried out in phases, while doubling process is said to be completed till August 14th, 2010.

Currently, all users are experiencing double speeds in following patterns:

  • 1 MB upgraded to 2 MB
  • 2 MB upgraded to 4 MB
  • 4 MB – we are yet to receive any confirmation for 4 MB to 8 MB up-gradation

Update: At least one PTCL broadband subscriber has communicated us that his speed was doubled but it got back to its original speed of 1 MB with-in 2/3 days.

As there is no official confirmation with us as of now, so we can’t confidently say that this upgrade is temporary or it gonna persist for all subscribers.

Update 2: PTCL exchange staff from different regions has confirmed ProPakistani that up-gradation process has started. All bandwidths will be doubled in near future, upto 8 MB due to line limitations.

PTCL will offer upto 8 MB connections for ONU lines. Copper line users can pay Rs. 600 to upgrade their cable and get higher speeds.

So apparently, you are likely to experience upgraded speeds but you need to have ONU lines (in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore).

Update 3: Official: PTCL Doubles DSL Broadband Speed

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    • its not like LDN has a choice..
      if ptcl doubles their offered speed.. LDN has to inevitably follow in their footsteps.
      I personally prefer LDN though..
      reliable service + response time when calling their call center is a lot better compared to ptcl’s where you have to wait your turn in those never ending long queues.

        • yeah unfortunately it isn’t.
          Link dot net is only best for those living near the tel. exchange.
          Far off and you will start suffering from low SNR and line attenuation.
          And in that case I guess the only best available option at an affordable rate is getting a fiber optic line + PTCL’s DSL connection.

    • i agree with you kaka. boht zaleel kia ptcl ne, at last tang par k mujhe dsl connection khatam karwana para. i made hundreds of calls to their help line but they didn’t notice. Im using wateen now. Ptcl is a better choice if they improve their customer services and care for their customers.

  • they also say’s this before(23-march-2010)…but it was not donw…
    better luck this time.
    & hopes that LINKDOTNET also upgrade there packages…

  • Local Speed test servers are generating wrong results. Check you speed using ‘New Delhi’ or American servers.

  • I’m still on 1MB (ONU Khi). Waiting for the upgrade. Some users of 1MB and 2MB have been upgraded on Wiredpakistan Forum.

    Also,On Wiredpakistan, some users did get speeds of 8MB. So they will probably double the 4MB package to 8MB.

  • Asalam O Alakom, I think they are not doubling the speed, its 3 or 4 times speed up, I am using 2 mbps connection first the speed status was, 2048 kbps / 504 kbps and now its 13822 kbps / 1020 kbps.

    • That is just your downstream and upstream rate of your modem (line profile).

      Your actual speed is the download speed that you get when you download something or better yet, check in speedtest.net You will get 4MB speed (if you have been upgraded from 2 MB to 4MB, which seems likely).

  • I am using ptcl from two and a half years and hasn’t found any problem with it. It works well with me–however some other friends of mine complain about their poor services. Yet though, I am getting only 1 MBPS; I don’t know if it is going to be upgrate soon.

  • Ive tried using your contact form but its broken @ propakistani.pk

    I was on a 4mbit connection, but was thrown onto 1mbit due to loss of student discount. A week later, i was upgraded.. was getting 1.6 MB downloading speeds for a day. Now im getting 700 KB max.

    Screenshots available :)

  • my one of friend is getting more than 1200kb downloading speed on 1MB package prof is on you tube search with 12mbptcl dsl i dont want to beleive but i saw this with my eyes on his pc :)

  • Thats not true as i am using 4mb ptcl conection at multiple locations and they are still 4mb :P
    And also em getting normal 250-300 downloading speed

  • According to my sources PTCL is in testing phase for doubling even quadrupling the speeds. My personal experience is that my 4MB has been doubled to 8MB but due to sync issues and lot of complaints from myside it was reverted back. on 8MB I have tested speedtest.net which gives the bursts upto 7mb link, but actual download speed on torrents I got was only peaked to 450 kb/s. I think PTCL should increase the bandwidth pipes from DSLAM to PIE after increasing the subscriber speeds.

  • I had 512kbps PTCL DSL long time back but whenever I downloaded anything I usually got 200K+ (not kbps) speed, DAP, Internet downloading manager or any accelerator always showed that, webpages opened like this.

    By default your connection is set to 2Mbps, which according to your demand are changed after installation. Sometimes they don’t bother to change it ;)

  • @Haris, bhai ye sab Israel aur Jews ka propaganda hai. internet se humari qom ko kharab kar rahey hain.

    PTCL ki funding amreeka aur jews kartey hain

  • so the headline now should read, Pakistanis steal content much faster than before – or Pakistanis can now watch porn really fast

    :-)

    • What makes you say that? That won’t make sense. If they upgrade 2 MB to 4 MB and 4 MB To 8MB, and keep the tariff same, then why would they keep 1 MB at 1MB? Doesn’t make sense eh?

  • Here is the official statement from PTCL.

    “PTCL has doubled its broadband data rate speed and upgraded all its existing 2Mbps customers to 4Mbps data rate on the same tariff and all existing 4Mbps customers have been upgraded to 6Mbps data service at the same tariff. In addition a new 8Mbps package has also been introduced. PTCL will have the following data rates for all its broadband existing and new customers with effect from July 15th 2010.

    1. 1Mbps at Rs 1199
    2. 4Mbps at Rs 1999
    3. 6Mbps at Rs 4999
    4. 8Mbps at Rs 6999

    The existing 2Mbps package will no more exist and all existing 2Mbps customers have already been upgraded to 4Mbps package on the same tariff.”

    Link: http://ptcl.com.pk/contentp.php?NID=291

    • ONU means Optical Network Unit – A form of access node that converts optical signals transmitted via fiber to electrical signals that can be transmitted via coaxial cable or twisted pair copper wiring to individual subscribers.

      In other words it means Fiber Optic. PTCL has two technologies for phone line and dsl:

      ONU (Fiber Optic) and Copper. Some people have ONU while some have copper.

  • Hello,

    It’s unfair 1MB package is not upgraged because PTCL know that students use complete bandwidth and previously they transferred students from 2/4 MB to 1MB.

    Wholly Bull Shit!

    • Yeah I know it’s unfair to let 1MB stay at 1MB. When the upgraded every other package, why didn’t they upgrade this package too?

  • Hey i Play these online multi-player games on my Steam:

    First Person Shooter (FPS) Games:

    -Battlefield: Bad Company 2
    -Counter Strike: Source
    -Counter Strike: 1.6
    -Killing Floor
    -Left for Dead 2

    Real Time Strategy (RTS) Games:

    -Company of Heroes
    -Dawn of War 2

    My current copper 1mb connection Disconnects a lot, before i had 2mb student package when

    PTCL disabled Student package in 2mb, i then transfered my self to 1mb student package.

    If i Play 1 hour of any of Above Games on Multi-Player Online max downloaded Data is 40mb &

    max Uploaded data is 20mb, So This means Connection 1mb & 2mb both will have no difference

    in Online Multi-Player Gaming.

    In Pings/Latency Download & Upload SPEED (1mb,2mb,4mb,6mb & 8mb) DOES NOT MATTER, only thing

    matters is HOW FAST MY SIGNAL reaches the people i’m playing with)

    My Questions:
    -Will ONU improve my Pings/Latency in Games??
    -Any one has Online Gaming Experience with ONU here?
    -With ONU we have to Pay Any Monthly Charges??

  • yar mera internet tho mobile internet se b ziada kamzor ha ma ziada thar mobile ma internet kr tha ho or ma abi ptcl line khatam kr tha ho tum logo ko b ma yahi mashwara de raha ho k mobile ma telenor yar ufone sim ma internet activat kro wo bohath acha ha or ma kamaz kam 3 mahino se mobile ma internet kr tha ho


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