My ISP – Part deux

An update after my previous ISP post:

  • July 2007
    • Increase of data transfer for netconnect to 75gb
  • October 2007
    • Increase in prices :( BOOO! Well, only with a few euro’s, but still… :(
  • November 2007
    • Change in newsservice, now allowing more connections and dedicated text-news server ;)
  • December 2007
    • Increase of data transfer for netconnect to 100gb, netconnect + boostpack to 120gb
  • January 2008
    • Increased upload traffic in all accounts to 448kbit
    • Increased data transfer with the boostpack to 150gb
    • Increased download speed (2048kbit) on mediumband with boostpack
    • Started delivery of Cityconnect – a new ADSL2+ product line (available in Leuven only sofar…)

Needless to say, I’m still a very happy customer ;) But I am going to cancel my boostpack, since it no longer has use (I need the upstream speed, not the data transfer..)

Telenet pushed the button… and nothing happened

Telenet has launched a big campaign, known as Telenet drukt op de knop (Telenet pushes the button) touting that their product line would be dramatically altered. Rumours flew around like a scrapping of the limits they impose, doubling of speeds, …

In the end, it’s basically just a big non-event: they multiplied the speed of their lowest subscription by 4, going from 256kbit to 1mbit… but keeping the ultra-low limit of 400 megabytes. Yes, that’s correct, megabytes.
They also increased the upload speed of the other subscriptions.

So now these people will be able to get a lot faster on smallband (56kbit connection), or buy blocks to increase their limits… and increase Telenet’s revenues – ofcourse!


In june 2006 I switched from the cable provider Telenet (Expressnet) to the ADSL/hosting provider Schedom / Dommel (Netconnect). I can’t say I’ve been sorry.

I left Telenet because of the not-of-this-time limits (10 gB download / 2 gB upload quota, abysmally slow ‘smallband’ (on which you’re put after you’ve consumed your quota, unless you cough up some more € – basically, it’s so slow you can’t even get on their pages to cough up the money!), the slow innovations, etc etc. The only things going for them is the (download) speed: (theoretical) 10 mbps down, 256kbps up, and their stability: in all those years (around 7-8) I didn’t notice a lot of downtime.

When I joined Dommel, their offer was simple: 50 gB quota, you do with it what you want. 4mbps down, 256 kbps up.

Since then, they’ve introduced numerous improvements (listed per active date):

  • August 2006: increased the connection limits to the newsserver (GigaNews)
  • December 2006: upload is no longer counted
  • February 2007:
    • boost package (higher upload speed and more quota, and higher speeds on mediumband)
    • increased newsserver retention (100 days, 99%+ retention)
  • March 2007:
    • happy hours (only 60% of traffic is counted between 01.00 AM and 01.00 PM)
    • new traffic counter which no longer counts ATM overhead (about 11%)

Needless to say, I’m happy with their offering and can advise them to anyone in Belgium! And no, I don’t have anything to gain by this. :p