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    Today I had a chance to play with and perform a comparison (Codetel) test of the new WiMax service that’s being rolled out by OneMax in Santo Domingo.

    OneMax is a new company that was officially launched last night.
    They appear to be well backed, good people and here for the long term, let's hope so

    Currently OneMax is rolling out service in Santo Domingo, with plans to expand into other parts of the country starting 2008. They are sending me a coverage map, as soon as I have it I will post it. Also it should soon be available on their site. OneMax

    At the beginning of next year (Jan 08) OneMax will have a dedicated 155 mega bit fiber connection from the Sprint NAP in Miami. Right now they are using a fiber from Codetel. This will mean they will be 100% independent from Codetel, unlike most of the other broadband suppliers here.

    WiMAX is very similar to how a cell phone network works. If your in range of a cell, you can get service. You do not need a dedicated phone line or cable connection. For more info on WiMax and how it works, take a look at the link: WiMAX - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The modem (OneBox) has a few led’s for signal strength and service etc. It has a small footprint and the service is very easy to setup, just plug it in and go. Note the antenna on the left, just like a cell phone. You can plug an external one in to get a signal or more signal strength. In our test, the speed appeared to be the same despite moving the box around the building and getting varying signal strength levels.



    Each client also receives a dedicated phone number. This allows you to plug a normal phone into the box and make and receive calls, it's cool! The rates are pretty good and on their website. They offer plans for call centers (up to 4MB up / 2MB down) and I believe each box can handle up to 96 simultaneous phone connections. I have a feeling that if this takes off, call centers will be beating at their door for service.

    Speed Test:
    For this I used dslreports.com and their Speakeasy NY Server.
    It’s not the be all and end all of tests, but it allows you to make a pretty good comparison.

    Connections used and costs.

    Plan & Cost - Codetel: Plan Avanzado 2
    1.5 MB / 728 kbps – RD$2,850 per month + tax (RD$3,648)
    Codetel

    Plan & Cost - OneMax: One Three
    1.5 MB / 128 kbps – RD$2,990 per month + tax (RD$3,827)
    OneMax

    Speed - Codetel
    1071 down / 102 up – 115 latency
    883 down / 152 up – 139 latency

    Speed - OneMax
    1398 down / 105 up – 99 latency
    1372 down / 78 up – 102 latency
    1394 down / 104 up – 103 latency

    Conclusion:
    OneMax is very easy to set up, just plug the box in and away you go.
    Right now you are getting what you pay in terms of speed, unlike Codetel.

    Browsing appears faster than with our Codetel DSL. This might be due to the latency difference, slight improvement in bandwidth, not sure to be honest. Either way, it's a welcome change form the horrendous service Codetel has been offering of late and their continuing DNS issues etc.

    We will continue to evaluate the OneMax service and keep you updated.
    Hopefully in a couple of years we can roam around the country with our WiMAX enabled laptops and get high speed internet and phone service
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    Robert,do they have service in Zona Colonial?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaguarbob View Post
    Robert,do they have service in Zona Colonial?
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    Pick up the phone and call them

    (809) 530 6242

    I have no idea, I haven't seen the coverage map.

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    I think the up/down needs to be the other way around in your Speed report?

    Two tests I'm particularly interested in are:

    - Does the net-speed suffer - and how much - while the Phone is in use? Assuming a single phone is plugged in.

    - What effect does weather/rain have on the connection & speed if any?


    After talking to them again, it appears the Antenna for my area is not yet operational but under construction. Can't wait for this service.
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    Saw the map when attending the opening ceremony last night and it did show they would be offering service for the Colonial City. It pretty much looks like they have the whole of the Distrito Nacional plus the eastern part of the Santo Domingo province -- Los Minas areas (Zona Oriental) covered. From what I understand there are some small pocket areas where it doesn't work, that is why when you are about to sign up they double check your address before selling the service to you. Give them a call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaguarbob View Post
    Robert,do they have service in Zona Colonial?
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    I saw their map (its actually based on the nice PDF map from colonialzonedr and your area was "green"/covered. But so was my area (Bella Vista/Mirador) yet their service wasn't operational here as of a week ago. So the map maybe slightly ahead of actual completion. Best is to not only call but have someone come to your place and test it live for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlantaFULL View Post
    I think the up/down needs to be the other way around in your Speed report?

    Two tests I'm particularly interested in are:

    - Does the net-speed suffer - and how much - while the Phone is in use? Assuming a single phone line.

    - What effect does weather/rain have on the connection & speed if any?


    After talking to them again, it appears the Antenna for my area is not yet operational but under construction. Can't wait for this service.
    Opps, now fixed

    PM me your name and phone number and we will give it a try.
    I can run a speed and audio test as we are chatting

    Weather, no idea, but will play with it and let you know.

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    You do know that the DNS issues in Codetel are really easy to fix in your own PC? Just subscribe to a free DNS server online...

    As for the speeds, Codetel has thousands of users, OneMax has only a few at this point. The way Dominican Companies go... don't be surprised if your speeds and latencies drop significantly once the product takes off.

    I know, I'm a pessimist... but history shows time and again that DR companies just don't prepare well for the EXPECTED growth

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theforceinme View Post
    You do know that the DNS issues in Codetel are really easy to fix in your own PC? Just subscribe to a free DNS server online...

    As for the speeds, Codetel has thousands of users, OneMax has only a few at this point. The way Dominican Companies go... don't be surprised if your speeds and latencies drop significantly once the product takes off.

    I know, I'm a pessimist... but history shows time and again that DR companies just don't prepare well for the EXPECTED growth
    Yes, I use opendns, but still we have issues, as does everyone else that uses Codetel.

    I am told that the planned contention ratio "channel sharing" will be very low for WiMAX service they are rolling out here. Yes, you will see a small decrease in bandwidth when many people are on the same channel, but not significant.

    The people (French/Americans/Dominicans) involved in setting up OneMax are serious and have a good track record. My hope is that they remain true to their word and become a real competitor in the market. Just like Orange did when they moved into the cel market here.

    Time will tell...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlantaFULL View Post
    - Does the net-speed suffer - and how much - while the Phone is in use? Assuming a single phone is plugged in.
    Just made some calls whilst surfing and doing a speed test.
    Appears to be just like a regular phone and didn't notice any changes in speed.

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