Found an interesting speed comparison between P1 Wimax’s 1.2MB package and Streamyx’s 1MB package by Cglow.
P1 Wimax is obviously the winner in this comparison, in terms of both speed and consistency. It goes above 1.5MBps consistently connecting to servers of 5 different parts on Earth. At times it will even shoot up to 1.8MBps, on a 1.2MBps package, meaning you are getting more than what you’re paying for.
On the other hand, Streamyx’s connection is very inconsistent and at times you will be thinking you’re subscribing for a dial-up connection instead. Depending on the area the connection is made to, speed can get as high as 0.8MBps and as low as 51kbps, lower than a dial-up connection.
Cglow also did three more speed comparisons. Downloading iTunes from Apple’s website using P1 Wimax is 4 times faster than using Streamyx, while downloading torrent is almost 10 times faster.
Streaming a 5 minutes YouTube video is 1 minute faster using P1 Wimax than Streamyx.
Comparing P1 Wimax and Streamyx do really put Streamyx, the nation’s largest ISP to shame. For the time being, P1 Wimax wins every category tested above, way better than Streamyx but with a similar price tag.
That is something worth celebrating, even you are not considering leaving Streamyx at all. At least P1 can pose a threat to Streamyx now and Streamyx cannot just sit back and bully its users (with their “you have no choice but to subscribe me” mindset).
Too bad P1 have not launched their USB modem package yet, which is the real gem of Wimax. Just pray hard enough the financial crisis would not slow down the widening of the Wimax coverage, which is still very limited now.
The free modem promotion is extended to the end of the year, but remain useless to me as my area is still not included in the coverage map.
For more dissappointment, the access is not really that portable after all, unless you pay an extra RM10 per month.