Tikona Digital Networks is yet another Broadband service provider in India, that is built using the 4th Generation OFDM wireless technology. Don’t get overwhelmed by that since we are yet to see full fledge 3G in the country (forget 4G for now). Like any other player, Tikona also has limited plans (with circuit breakers) and also unlimited plans.
Tikona Broadband Tariff plans
Limited broadband plans with circuit breakers
There’s absolutely nothing new or fancy about the tariff plans. Having said that, all the limited plans have a speed of 2mbps which is very good (that is up to their ISP).
The base plan starts from Rs.299 a month which gives 1000MB of free data.
Other plans are as follows (see update below for latest note):
Rs.449 plan gives free data of 1500MB
Rs.549 plan gives free data of 2500MB
Rs.999 plan gives free data of 5000MB
Rs.1249 plan gives free data of 7000MB
Any extra usage over the free data will be charged at Rs.0.80/MB except for the base plan (Rs.299 plan) for which the charge is Rs.1/MB.
The installation charges for all the plans is Rs.500 and a one time deposits of Rs.300, 500, 500, 1000 and 1500 has to paid respectively (from base plan to max plan in that order)
Unlimited plans tariff
Come unlimited plans and you’ll have to choose between the speeds that you need. The base plan starts from Rs.649/month which gives a speed of 300kbps.
Rs.899/month plan gives a speed of 600kbps and Rs.1249/month plan gives a speed of 1000kbps.
Installation charges of Rs.500 (one time) are extra for all plans.
You can also choose to pay annually, where the unlimited plan costs Rs.6000/yr which gives a speed of 300kbps.
Few good things that I like
- There is a clear ‘Guaranteed maximum bill amount’ for the Limited plans which shows the service’s openness.
- There will not be any Modem rental for any plan.
- You get a free wifi router so that you can use the broadband from any where in your house without the fuss of wires.
Update 2013: The technology has improved a great deal since 2010 and hence the plans, too, have changed. Right now, for Hyderabad, a 4Mbps 50GB (2Mbps after this limit for unlimited GB’s) plan will cost you Rs.999 a month without including service tax. This looks great and cheap but for some reason, Broadband tariff’s in Hyderabad are among the lowest in the country. So if you’re living in any other city, most definitely you will have to pay more to get same benefits.
There’s a BIG problem. If you didn’t know, Tikona is a completely wireless service, just like your mobile telecom operator. You simply receive wifi signals over the air. And the signal strength hasn’t improved one bar since 2010. Even now I do not see Tikona signal’s in my Wifi search. So, if you are a subscriber of Tikona and you don’t have proper connection, unfortunately, there will not be any immediate fix. The fix has to come from the Management level of the company, via installing new towers in your locality. This is not a big company so it is difficult to expand services and coupled with looming thoughts of Reliance entering this field soon, one will have to think twice before making big investments.