Here is All You Need To Know Before Getting A CGNet Connection
The telecommunications wing of Chaudhary Group, CG Communications, entered the ISP market with a big splash earlier this month. Their introductory program was one unsurpassed by any on the market — a whopping 120 Mbps connection for just Rs 999 per month.
CG Net launches today with the highest speed and user experience using world class technology at the lowest price. We are launching in Kathmandu and soon rest of Nepal. Commitment towards a better Digital Nepal. #SpeedMatters #CGNet pic.twitter.com/XL6nA4bPgg— Nirvana Chaudhary (@BeingNirvana) June 1, 2021
A month later, people are dazed and hopeful, on the lookout for any tell-tale signs that the offer is not what it seems. Initial reviews have verified that a CGNet internet connection delivers just what it promises.
We are all waiting with bated breath for CGNet to extend its services beyond the Jawalakhel area. While they go about doing that, here is all you need to know before getting a CGNet internet connection — with its pros and cons.
The Actual Cost
We all know about the 13% VAT that is added to our internet bill each month, so this point shouldn’t come as a surprise. Still, it’s a good idea to get a better grasp of how much a CGNet connection would cost us.
So, here are the charges that you would incur when switching:
This means that you can start using CGNet for as little as Rs 4,129. If you want to save even more money and are fully confident about CGNet, then you can go for the yearly payment plan. The routers are offered for free in their yearly plan at the moment.
Here is CGNet’s own price comparison with the fastest internet packages by top ISPs in comparison.
The Dual-Band Conundrum
These days, Nepali ISPs have been promoting the words ‘dual-band’ and ‘5G router’ quite heavily. The ‘G’ here actually stands for GHz (gigahertz), a specific frequency in which routers can transmit data.
We Nepalis typically use the single-band router, which uses 2.4 GHz wireless frequency. This frequency is known to transmit over a longer distance at the cost of speed.
Alternatively, a dual-band router allows you to set up two WiFi connections — a 2.4 GHz one for stable wireless browsing, and a 5 GHz one, which is much faster but has a smaller range.
The 5 GHz connection is perfect for wireless online gaming, Zoom meets, and the like. One could even call it an enthusiast-level feature.
However, the speed review by Techpana has discovered a massive difference in internet speed between the 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz connections. While the 5Ghz wireless connection delivered near-promised speeds, the 2.4Ghz WiFi connection cut down the CGNet internet speeds to the 40 Mbps to 50 Mbps range.
So, you are probably better off getting the dual-band router to enjoy the full speed of CGNet.
Flexible Payment Plans
It was only recently that Nepali ISPs began offering high-speed internet connections for the home. But, home customers still suffer from limited payment plans.
For example, at Vianet you can avail yourself to a 100 Mbps connection — a recent upgrade of their 60 Mbps plan. However, this speed upgrade is only available to the yearly paying customers. Monthly and quarterly paying customers are still limited to the older 60 Mbps speeds.
Meanwhile, Worldlink offers a 60 Mbps connection with flexible payment plans. But what if you wanted to get their 50 Mbps plan, or their 80 Mbps plan? Well, those are again available only for yearly customers.
A major advantage of the CGNet plan is that you can get a high-speed internet connection with flexible payment plans.
No IPTV Feature
All the popular ISPs provide combo internet packages that mix internet service with an IPTV channel service. Examples include Subisu, Vianet, and Worldlink. These IPTV services have even greater options over traditional TV channels, with pay-per-view movies and a large collection of free films that are updated regularly.
The lack of an IPTV service is one of the biggest disadvantages of CGNet. Granted, the customer will still be getting unprecedented internet speed at the standard cost of a 40 Mbps connection.
The lack of an IPTV service also seems to be one of the big barriers that might stop CG Communications from getting new customers, as many Nepalis have gotten used to the IPTV combo package for their home TV connection.
Latency And Gaming Performance
The data throughput or total transfer size is not the only part of the equation when it comes to a speedy internet connection. Yet, that is what we are technically measuring when we go after megabits per second counts.
Latency or ping is equally important for a healthy internet connection — especially activities like gaming and video conferencing that require continuous, high-speed data transfers.
Unfortunately, the latency and gaming performance of CGNet are yet to be known.
Fair Usage Policy
Fair Usage Policy (FUP) is a limit on internet data usage that is set by all ISPs in their unlimited plans. Once you cross that limit, your internet speed is decreased significantly to discourage you from spending too much data.
We often see some low FUP limits set by popular ISPs of Nepal. CGNet has given a really high FUP limit that is close to 2 terabytes. That is enough for regular Nepali internet users to last a month and a few more.
You will get a full-speed connection until 1900 GB per month. Regular users are very unlikely to use up to 1900 GB of data in one month. Here is how your speed is decreased as you continue using high data:
This level of FUP quota is simply unseen among the Nepali ISPs.
While CGNet’s initial package seems to be working really well in bringing them attention, it explores only one kind of need — high-speed home internet at low cost.
But could they offer market-standard packages of 30 Mbps and so on at a drastically lower price? Nothing has been said on that front.
Meanwhile, DishHome has started a competitive new offer that provides customers some of the cheapest internet connections as part of a TV+internet combo package. For a yearly payment of Rs 10,000, you can get the Lifestyle television pack along with a 25 Mbps internet connection.
Matching The Global Standards
If CGNet manages to usher in a new standard for internet services in Nepal, then we can be considered among the top 40 countries in the world based on the speed of internet connections.
According to data from speedtest.net, Germany occupies the 35th position on the list with an average national broadband internet speed of 120.93 Mbps. If nothing else, early tests have shown that CGNet certainly sits close to this number.
Early tests have already proven that CGNet is quite up to the mark in their initial promise, providing a 120 Mbps internet connection as promised. But there are other factors that are equally as important.
As CGNet launched just a year ago, we are still in the dark about how the ISP is going to plan for the customer service aspect. Strong promises have been made on this front however — as with every other pressure point.
Managing Director of CG Communications, Nirvana Chaudhary has stressed in interviews that providing top-level service, including the best customer service, is going to be their strategy.
Chaudhary has also remarked that CGNet will be rolling in low-speed internet packages and IPTV services, basically covering all the standard requirements of an ISP by home users.
CGNet also plans to expand its services all over the country within the span of a year. And in a country that took 23 years to build a 26 km water tunnel, it’s a wonder how successful this plan is going to be. As things go, however, ISPs in Nepal are notorious for overcrowding its infrastructure so that speeds are regularly throttled in peak hours.
The ultimate question, though, is whether CG Communications intends to fulfill these promises in futurity. Netizens are openly speculating whether the attractive package is a ploy to poach customers from the leading ISPs before increasing the prices. Only time will tell, however.
Well, these are all the things you need to know before you go and get yourself a CGNet connection. Do you plan on getting a CGNet connection yourself? Follow us and let us know in the comments.