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November 11, 2010

BSNL deserves a Standing Ovation

Filed under: GNU/Linux — krish @ 11:35 am
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Talk of the latest thing, BSNL’s 3G USB Modems come with deb package for Linux installation and it was just a one-click install and I was on 3G network.
We have all seen other providers of usb modems stumble, frown and sweat to even say that they could support it for Linux.

Looks like BSNL is really aware of the rapidly growing Linux users and has taken steps to ensure they aren’t missed out.

I was expecting to do at least an hour of hacking to get this to work …. thanks to BSNL and Teracom, it took just under a minute.

BSNL's 3G USB modem - deb package

They also had a section on their user manual for Ubuntu; with a small error 🙂

Section for Linux Users - Bsnl 3G USB modem Manual

You no longer need to run in circles around your Network Manager for setting up the BSNL’s Internet.. Welcome the Dock 🙂

Bsnl 3G Dock on Ubuntu Linux - Look ma! no Network Manager or Editing Conf Files 🙂

And finally the Reliability that counts!

Bsnl delivers promised Bandwidth!

While most of us know that interacting with BSNL’s Customer Service Center / Accounts is almost like interacting a with a redtaped Govt department, but how many of us have acknowledged the technological heights that BSNL has achieved?

Skipping any marketing terms here, for most end users – BSNL’s Broadband Internet service availability has been awesome ( yes, they take lot of time to give a new connection / shift a connection ) , but once you’re wired in… there is hardly a downtime due to technology.

They are also very reliable ( 2Mbps means atleast 1.9Mbps ), unlike other providers who fail to comply with 80% of promised bandwidth.

BSNL and Teracom, both deserve a Standing ovation from the Linux users 🙂

P.S: I happened to buy this card from probably the most well-mannered and customer pleasing employee of BSNL service desks at Customer Service Center – Lakdi-ka-Pool. I do not know the name, but will definitely update this blog the next time I visit the bsnl-csc.

Update: A.K Sinha, SDE-Mobile, Nagpur deserves a super claps here. My Data Card was not working after coming to Nagpur since 3 days. He solved it within 30 minutes. Super Awesome!


  1. Great news.. Happy surfing on 3G.
    Btw, looking at your last paragraph, did you find ladki-ka-pool at bsnl customer service center 😉

    Comment by manish — November 11, 2010 @ 11:46 am

  2. @manish

    Heh, thks bud.. just corrected 🙂

    Comment by krish — November 11, 2010 @ 12:58 pm

  3. Woaah… nice!!
    And how much did it cost ya? What’s the plan like?
    And “most well-mannered and customer pleasing employee of BSNL service desks at Customer Service Center – Lakdi-ka-Pool”— Dude, it was a “She”, wasn’t she? 😛

    Comment by Rohit — November 11, 2010 @ 3:53 pm

  4. wow man! good news

    by the way good ubuntu manual though IE Explorer 😀

    Comment by Narendra — November 11, 2010 @ 11:33 pm

  5. @Narendra

    Oh yes.. infact come think of it, one could use IE Explorer on ubuntu via wine/crossover and setting BROWSER variable.
    But then, a user who can do that doesn’t need a manual 🙂 LOL

    Btw, wassup .. still in office?

    Comment by krish — November 12, 2010 @ 12:26 am

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