Choose the Best ISP

Choosing the best Internet Service Provider (ISP) is very important. To this end, you should check all the details of the different plans offered by the many service providers.

As an engineering student, I use the internet a lot and need a reliable highspeed connection. For this reason, I have studied different plans from a number of companies to identify the best ones.

Some of the plans offered by a few major companies are as follows:

  • ISP #1:

This ISP offers plans that are categorized as fast, faster and fastest. The three plans offer speeds of 1 Mbps, 2 Mbps and 4 Mbps respectively. The speeds, however, vary depending upon the area in which you live. Once you cross the data usage limit in the plan, the company will drop your speed to 512 kbps. It charges a non-refundable amount of INR 600 for router and modem installation.

  • ISP #2:

This ISP offers the lowest plan at INR 80. It gives a 2 Mbps speed at this rate. However, the speed is available only till downloads of 200 MB. In another plan, the company offers a speed of 5 Mbps at INR 1200. This plan looks attractive, but, it has its drawbacks. After you have used 5 GB, the speed will be reduced to just 256 kbps. Other plans also have their speeds reduced to 512 kbps once the usage limit is exceeded. Additionally, the company charges INR 1100 as registration and installation fees.

 

  • ISP #3:

This ISP enjoys wide coverage, offering its services even in the most remote areas. However, the service is currently only offered for home use. The plans of this company are very expensive, with a security deposit as high as INR 4000 and installation charges of around INR1500. The cost of plans is also high, with the starting range being INR 2000 for a speed of just 1 Mbps. The maximum speed offered by the company is 4 Mbps.

  • Tikona Digital Networks:

Tikona internet plans offer high-speed connections at affordable rates. You will be charged INR 650 for 15 GB data at a speed of 4 Mbps. By paying just INR 150 extra, you will be able to increase your data limit by two times to 30 GB. One of its plans offers speeds as high as 10 Mbps at just INR 799, with a data limit of 20 GB. You can conduct a Tikona speed test to identify the actual speed.

As per my analysis, Tikona is the ideal ISP, with the best plans for everyone. It offers its services in 25 cities across the country. Subscribers of Tikona are delighted with the service, a fact that is apparent if you look through the Tikona review section.

Downloads Galore! ‘G Bharke Downloads’ from Tikona

When it comes to all things internet related, we all want more, don’t we? With users across India looking at higher download limits with regards to their internet usage, Tikona has come out with a perfect solution titled, ‘G Bharke Downloads!’

Offering fast speeds, Fair Usage Policy (FUP) coupled with attractive upgrade vouchers, you can virtually download all you want! For more information, contact your local Tikona office.

Check out the presentation on how Tikona offers you incredible speeds and download limits below!

Why Choose Tikona’s Broadband Services

A high-speed Internet connection has become an essential requirement for enjoying a functional professional life and a normal personal routine. This is why it is important to look beyond conventional wired broadband Internet solutions and consider innovative wireless broadband Internet services. Read ahead for an overview of some benefits of opting for Tikona’s broadband services.

Convert Your Home into a Wi-Fi Hotspot

Tikona last mile delivery is wireless, up to the roof of the customer. A wire is drawn from the CPE on the roof which receives the signal wirelessly. The broadband is delivered to the customer’s premises using RJ45 cable which is same as most broadband players. The RJ 45 cable can then be plugged into a wireless router to access the network wireless if the customer wishes to do so.

One significant benefit of choosing Tikona’s broadband services is that the way in which the whole setup is organized is significantly different. Consider your conventional broadband services – they have cables which in urban landscapes, are usually laid over rooftops and from there, down to your house. Instead of having a cable drop down to your house, what Tikona offers is pretty unique. A device installed on your rooftop or terrace relays the broadband signal to a router in your home. This enables you to move your computer or router around without the need to drill holes for new cables, extensions, etc. Additionally, you can convert your entire house into a big wireless hotspot without any difficulty. Installation of a single wireless router will help you enjoy high-speed Internet access across many devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

Easy and Reliable Connectivity

Nothing can be more frustrating than slow or unreliable connectivity when surfing the Internet on your smartphone or mobile device. Tikona is reputed for offering reliable connectivity and high-speed Internet services in a consistent manner. Downloading files, watching videos, making video calls, or playing games online will be a hassle-free affair with Tikona’s services.

Zero Clutter in Your Home

Wired connections lead to a lot of clutter on your computer table. As part of an added service, Tikona lets you enjoy web access through the installation of a wireless router at a discreet location in your house. This ensures your home does not resemble a data center just because you want high-speed wireless Internet in all the rooms.

Easy on the Wallet

While there is no doubt that Internet is a very useful feature, you cannot afford to spend a lot of money for web access, can you? This is where the affordable Fair Usage Policy (FUP) services provided by Tikona make it the preferred choice of all smart customers. FUP is the amount of GBs the subscriber gets to use on primary speeds post which the speeds are throttled to a lower secondary speed for the remainder of the bill cycle. Tikona has the largest FUP limits at a given price point as compared to its competitors.

Experience the Future

Finally, Tikona helps you move beyond 3G Internet by offering 4G services at an affordable price. Enjoy better value for your money through the improved reliability and speed of 4G wireless Internet. Significantly faster than conventional wired broadband or wireless 3G solutions, Tikona helps you utilize the latest technology for a great online experience.

With so many benefits at an affordable price, you should definitely consider Tikona when comparing ISPs for your home or office. Its strong online presence and customer-friendly support staff will help you place the order and finalize the installation without any hassles or delays.

A Users Perspective on Tikona Broadband

Tikona offers high-speed internet plans with maximum downloading speed and data. These internet plans vary in price according to the usage needs and the budget. You can compare any internet service provider’s tariff plans and Tikona is sure to impress you.

The internet has grown to be an important part of most people’s life; especially after the advent of smartphones. The way and usage patterns of people are different and hence, the mediums through which they access it differ considerably. However, Tikona’s services are consistent, irrespective of whether you are using it at home or at the office. They offer high-speed internet for all your needs.

Set up

Tikona setup involves both wireless and wired components. The signal is transmitted to a wireless router at your rooftop which then is connected via Ethernet to your devices. Before planning to opt for any plan, you can always ask for a demo.

Components provided by Tikona

  • You will get the rooftop router from Tikona which is installed at a location free from any kind of obstruction and under some kind of shelter to prevent damage from winds and rains. However, as a user it is always a good thing to personally check if the router is installed at an appropriate place
  • The Ethernet cable is free and it covers the distance between the router and your home
  • An outdoor(rooftop) CPE connects to our access point wirelessly, a CAT5 cable is drawn from the CPE which connects to your Ethernet port of your laptop, PC or router using an RJ45 connector. This can be connected directly to the Ethernet port.

Review

Tikona offers consistent services with minimum outages. Their customer care executives are experts in troubleshooting and are available whenever you need them. But you do not need to call them every time if your internet connection does not work properly. You might need to restart the router in some such cases. Try doing the following before calling customer care when your internet stops working:

  • Switch off the router
  • First reattach the power cable and then the POE and LAN cable after 5 seconds.
  • Attach the LAN cable to the device (phone, laptop, tablet etc.) after another 5 seconds

The above steps work most of the time and you will not need to call customer care.

Tikona is a reliable internet service provider which offers you standard equipment and customer care services. Their speed is impressive and worth more than what they charge.

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Cashless Transactions Gain Momentum

The availability and convenience of safer online systems have given a boost to online financial transactions.  According to data from the RBI, the amount of paper-based transactions of INR 85 lakh crore was surpassed by a higher amount of INR 92 lakh crore of electronic transactions in the fiscal year 2015, clearly indicating the growth of such services in the payment method.

The amount mentioned above is just figures that involved only retail customer transactions. RTGS (Real Time Gross Settlement) is one of the other types of online transfers in the larger picture that are electronically settled. There are many factors that are acting as a catalyst for this change in payment trends. Some of them include discounts on online shopping portal and the limit on the number of cheques provided by the bank.

Online transactions using computers and mobile phones have become the popular choice due to the convenience they offer. You can shop and pay bills in a matter of minutes without wasting time in long queues. Tikona broadband services offer you quality internet services with impressive speed. Paying for their services is just a click away as they offer online bill payment facilities. You can enjoy high-speed broadband services and pay for them in the comfort of your homes, offices or wherever you are.

The figures indicated above will increase even more as the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) plans to invest Rs. 35,000 crore to connect more than two lakh villages to help enable online transactions. According to SBI, over 60% of their daily transaction happens through paperless method over the internet, mobile and ATMs. Sunil Srivastava, deputy managing director (corporate strategy and new businesses), says that with better connectivity, a majority of the financial transaction will become paperless in the future, but not entirely, as the fraction of population that has access to smartphones will be limited. SBI has seen the increase in debit card application and the amount of money being transferred online to e-commerce portals. The newest payment trend on the block is the mobile wallet transaction with about 10 million users adopting this method of payment.

In fact, at Tikona, we have seen many of our consumers paying their internet charges and package renewal/upgrade fees through online transactions. The internet has revolutionized payments and the number of people utilizing the internet for financial activities has grown to an incredible number. All one needs is access to an internet connection.

4G: The Next Big Wave in Internet Connectivity

Conventionally, wired Internet connections have always offered better speeds while wireless services were more versatile and offered more convenience. As service providers like Tikona start offering 4G services, even those using wireless technology to surf the Internet can enjoy high speeds and improved reliability along with the convenience and flexibility of wireless surfing.

While 2G services shared the spectrum used to transfer voice data, 3G services allowed users to enjoy relatively faster Internet access even when using the phone. 4G services takes this a step further and offers download and upload speeds that are at least five times faster than 3G solutions.

Comparing 4G with 3G

In real life, an individual using 4G services in the real world can download files at around 10 to 20 Mbps with speeds reaching 40 Mbps under ideal conditions. This means you can download videos, images, and other files and enjoy a smoother and more reliable surfing experience even when you are on the move. The benefits of 4G services include:

  1. High-speed Internet access in your pocket with a 4G-enabled smart phone.
  2. Faster downloads, better quality video calls, and better value for money
  3. Better availability of services without any service disruptions or network issues
  4. Easier sharing of 4G speeds with multiple devices through wireless routers and dongles

Emphasis on Rural and Urban Markets

Internet and Mobile Association of India’s 2014 report states that Internet services are growing faster in rural India as compared to urban centers. This is why service providers like Tikona are investing in expensive 4G spectrum and the latest equipment and technologies to provide improved quality services for residents of cities as well as rural areas.

Offering high-speed Internet services to more than 225,000 homes in 25 Indian cities, Tikona’s 4G services will make it easier for Indians to access communication, commerce, either one ends, healthcare, and job opportunities on the Internet.

With a reputation of relying on innovative and creative strategies to facilitate better and more reliable access to Internet, Tikona is in a position to offer 4G services to 28% of the country’s population spread over five telecom circles. Apart from obvious benefits like higher speeds, Tikona users will enjoy additional benefits from features like Try before you buy and flexible and innovative Fair Usage Policies.

How Your ISP can Impact Watching Live Sports Online

Growing access to high-speed broadband Internet services has had a transformational impact on our lives. From communication to shopping, the Internet has become an integral part of our daily routine. One area where broadband Internet can have a significant impact is personal entertainment.

Service providers are beginning to realize that the Internet can be used as a channel to provide live sports entertainment even to those who are on the move. Unlike legacy programs that can be recorded, live sports entertainment is available only to those who have access to television and DTH services. As broadband penetration in India increases, more and more service providers are likely to explore this convenient new-age option for offering live streaming of sporting events.

The shift from television to Internet is taking place in a slow manner due to existing contractual obligations between event organizers and TV broadcasting companies. With the global market anticipating a tenfold increase in broadband sports viewing over the next 10 years, it is just a matter of time before these obstacles are overcome.

Star Sports has already experimented with the telecast of sporting events through the Internet. New service providers like HotStar are offering television content including sporting events on mobile devices. Considering the popularity of live sporting events, it is advisable to keep the following factors in mind when selecting your Internet service provider.

  1. The Internet service provider must offer reliable high-speed connectivity of wire-line Internet with the convenience of wireless Internet
  2. Wireless Internet is preferable because it frees you from being tethered to a particular computer or device when enjoying the sporting event. You can even view the event on your laptop, tablet, or smartphone by opting for wireless technology.
  3. For a truly enjoyable experience, it is important to choose 4G services or high-speed wireless Internet. 3G or mobile Internet services are not reliable enough to be used for live sporting events.
  4. Choose a service provider offering affordable usage plans. Since downloading video content involves huge data usage, an expensive plan can result in a huge hole in your pocket.

Currently, users spend less than half an hour in a week watching live sports content through their broadband Internet connection. In the next 10 years, this figure is expected to rise to four hours a week. Choosing the right service provider is a must if you too want to enjoy live sporting event on your mobile devices without any performance or reliability issues.

Tikona Internet: An Internet package for everyone

Founded in 2008 by Prakash Bajpai, Tikona Digital Networks is one of the top Internet Service Providers in India. Tikona has also acquired the rare All-India Class-A ISP license from the Ministry of Communications, Government of India.  A combination of affordable and fast internet plans along with great customer care and after sales service has led this company to more than 2.75 Lac customers including 6000 SMEs. Many consumers too have praised Tikona’s services. Writing a review about his experiences, Mr. Shetty – a Tikona user, complimenting the company on their service said, “Tikona has a 24*7 helpline, I have been addressed on two occasions, the issue was resolved in half an hour to my satisfaction.”

Having satisfied customers has been one of the hallmarks of the company. One of the main reasons for this is the plethora of Internet Plans that the company offers. Think about it, not everyone uses the internet in the same way. Because of its nature, the internet is a platform that allows for so many different things, it’s hard to even list them all. What this ultimately results is in are usage patterns that vary considerably. From those seeking fast speeds and incredible download bandwidths, to those who use it sparingly, this is one of those areas where ‘One size fits all’ is simply not an acceptable solution. Understanding this, Tikona has come up with a variety of plans that cater to different users who have needs that vary.

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Tikona Internet Plans

Tikona offers affordable and speedy internet plans; the installation process is prompt which includes minimal fees. The packages range from Heavy usage to Light Usage. Following are the offer packages –

  • Light Usage – Offers 5-10 GB of usage and 1-4 Mbps of speed with standard subscription and installation fees.
  • Medium Usage – Offers 20-30 GB of usage and 2-4 Mbps of speed with standard subscription and installation fees.
  • Heavy Usage – Offers 50-80 GB of usage and 2-4 Mbps of speed with standard subscription and installation fees.
  • SOHO Plan – This plan caters to the folks who have a small business or an office within their homes; those that seek fast unbeatable speeds during business hours.
  • Flexi Usage – These are long term plans, ranging from six to thirty months and long term, reliable solutions for users looking for a stable and high quality internet plan.
  • Recharge Vouchers – In addition to these plans, if you do ever utilize your entire bandwidth, you can avail of a recharge pack.

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What’s really great to see is that Tikona has created a ‘Plan Selector’ on its website that allows users to select certain things such as bandwidth usage, and gives them the plan best suited for them.

One can also check the speed of your connection by using Tikona Speed test. The installation process is prompt and you can immediately start to enjoy your new internet experience.

How Tikona is contributing to the E-Learning Wave in India

Gone are the days when education was confined to the boundaries of your classroom. The surge in Internet and smartphone penetration has led to new start-ups expanding the online learning space in India. E-learning market has real potential and the nation is estimated to grow up to $3 billion.

E-Learning Wave in India
E-Learning Wave in India

The market for online training in India is currently focused on school, colleges and mid-level professional courses. An e-learning company called ‘Entranceindia’ facilitates practice question papers for a variety of tests, which helps the students in preparing for their exams. A study has mentioned that China and India will spearhead the project management roles generating about 8.1 and 4 million roles respectively.

Another reason why e-learning is going to take center stage in the future is re-skilling. About a decade ago, a software engineer only needed to know about programming languages, but now there are other aspects like cloud computing, data analytics etc. Every new course undertaken results in pay hike and the boost the value of any employee in the company. Learn social is a six month old company based in Hyderabad and has nearly 2,00,000 registered users, it has trained more than 1,100 learners and aspires to be the Amazon of online learning.

Telecom Tower in India
Telecom Tower in India

All of this is great, with the exception of one thing. All of these online media use massive amount of data and need fast broadband connectivity. People across the country have always been clamoring for an ISP that delivers high performance, high speed and offers a plethora of plans. This is where Mumbai-based Tikona Digital Network has gotten rave reviews. Take the example of a Tikona customer who in his review highlighted how his zeal for education is being given a lease of life by a phenomenal internet connection.

As his family’s sole breadwinner, a young man was forced to forego his aspirations of higher education. Today he is enrolled in an MBA program at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). One of the best parts about this program is that the entire content is available on IGNOU’s website. A prime concern was subscribing to a broadband operator that could provide comprehensive service. This led to Tikona. After reading many reviews of Tikona, he decided to go for a plan that offered 80GB worth of data usage for 1000 rupees. Because of such plans, could a person from rural India with dreams finally turn them into reality.

The Broadband Market and its impact on India’s Telecom Sector

Telecommunications is undoubtedly one of the most booming sectors in the Indian economy. In today’s age, the term telecommunications covers broadcasting, wireless internet, internet, fixed telephony, data centers and next generation networks (NGN). Its liberalization and privatization have hugely attracted the foreign players and offshore counterparts to join the bandwagon and opt for technology investments. Also, it is worthy to know that the Indian telecommunications sector is the second largest wireless network in the world after China. If we delve further into the statistics part of it, according to the Department of Telecommunications Annual Report in the September 2014, Indian telecom network has more than 957.61 million connections, which is a mind-numbing number.

Prospects of Broadband Services

The Indian telecom industry can be divided into basic, cellular and internet services. Although broadband services are the backbone of a steady business economy, it is the use of mobile data that has revolutionized the sector and the industry alike. The population is large and the broadband services seem to be the only possible and logical way to cover the length and breadth of the country. The overall tele-density in India stands at 76.75% and rural tele-density at 44.96%. The growth opportunities are significant, rather say tremendous, especially because 3Gand BWA are yet to make their significance presence felt.

Emergence of Foreign Investments

Tikona, a leading player in the market has collaborated with a foreign giant in taking strong strides towards establishing itself as the leader of broadband service providers. Investing in Indian technological companies has always been on cards with the international business houses and this time, the market and its opportunities are wide open. Also, a large number of corporates are also setting up their research and development centers in India.

It has been projected that the broadband use base will reach 100 million-mark this year, according to a research conducted by CRISIL. The broadband internet providers attracting investments is no longer a debatable topic.