Broadband speed and monopolies
In Venezuela 3 companies share the Wireless Internet market between Them. Max speed limited to the Dial-up modem speed capacity (154Kbps) but the system is so congestionned and unstable that it varies between 1,5 kbps to short-lived bursts to 112 Kbps max. after midnight and up to 07:00 AM, local time, where download speed will oscillate between 4,5 Kbps to 90 kbps. It is not even sufficient to keep a Winamp 56 Kbps music station running.
1) MOVILNET, which is a subsidiary of the State owned CANTV. Unlimited Internet via Wireless dial-up modem costs Bs. 112,00 ($52,00)a month...
2) MOVITAR, is the formerly TELCEL, then owned by Cisneros, now charges Bs. 153,00 ($71,00 for Unlimited wireless Internet access)but offers a weird service. They just do not care. The attitude is: "If you are not happy, quit". My suspicion is that that they do not invest the necessary resources to provide a good IS and keep the bandwidth for other products like Digital TV. Its an unarmed robbery. A couple of days ago they increased unilaterally my montly fee from Bs.94,00 to 136,00 (I do no pay VAT because I live in Margarita, a duty free port Island),
3)DIGITEL is a smaller company which has managed to compete with the two above mentioned companies, but lack the financial muscle.
So, any interested company in the US or anywhere else will be welcome to break down the monopolies and high prices of Internet in Venezuela.
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