Friday, March 31, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About Speed, Latency, and Bandwidth

When choosing a broadband plan, it is important to know the basic details about it. Having knowledge about a plan’s bandwidth, speed, and latency will help you choose the one that suits your requirements. 
This article aims to provide you with all the information you need before opting for a broadband plan.

What is bandwidth?

Bandwidth is a term used to express the amount of data that is or can be transmitted at any given time. Bandwidth is measured in bits per second, with its values expressed in billions (gigabits per second or Gbps), millions (megabits per second or Mbps), and thousands (kilobits per second or Kbps).

What is Latency?

Latency, which literally means delay, is the amount of time it takes for a data packet to travel from its source to a destination. Normally, latency is expressed in milliseconds. You could measure latency by running a Ping test.

Internet speed and bandwidth

Bandwidth and speed are often used interchangeably in computing since in most cases they mean the same thing. For example, bandwidth directly correlates to the Internet speed when you are downloading a file. Higher bandwidth enables more portions of a file to be transferred. In such cases, the file gets downloaded faster. Also, higher internet speed and bandwidth ensures web pages load faster and video streaming is glitch-free. 

Relation between latency and bandwidth

Latency and bandwidth are connected to an extent. The latency of your network increases due to congestion when the bandwidth is saturated. In case a circuit’s bandwidth is not at its peak, chances are the latency will not reduce. You could increase the bandwidth; however, reducing latency is not easy. 
In the case of VoIP applications or online gaming, latency is more crucial than bandwidth. In such situations, if the latency is high, then there are chances that you will experience response lag or choppy voice transmission, no matter how high the bandwidth is. However, having ample bandwidth is also important. Low latencies without substantial bandwidth would lead to a very slow connection.

Broadband solutions by Tikona

Tikona’s Broadband facilities have been designed to be a cost-effective and high-quality bandwidth solution that caters to the critical requirements of users who demand high service levels. Multiple gateways and carriers at nearly every point of Tikona’s network offer high network uptime and availability. Tikona Infinet’s infrastructure is built using superior technologies from Cisco, Juniper, and Nortel. The brand’s fully meshed domestic DS3/STM1 backbone enables multiple gateway access. 

Tikona Infinet, an enterprise arm of Tikona Digital Networks, has a peering arrangement with several major companies in the US. This facilitates faster response times and improved packet delivery since the Carrier handover ratio is significantly low. Other features include its range of last mile connectivity options, network redundancy, and scalability. Tikona provides round the clock customer support as well. Its qualified Cisco-certified engineers work at each POP and attend to the needs of subscribers instantly. It also provides services such as leased line networks and virtual private networks.

The use of high-tech equipment, cutting-edge technology, and dependable after sales support all ensure Tikona Infinet is one of the best broadband service providers in India. You can be assured of high-speed connectivity with the ISP's broadband services.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Tikona Broadband Review for Tikona Secured Office WiFi Services

Name: Ramesh Tyagi
Age: 38 yrs.
Location: Vile Parle, Mumbai.
Occupation: IT Engineer.

My name is Ramesh, I’m an IT engineer and the owner of an IT based company in Vile Parle, Mumbai. The basic necessity of any IT company is to have a high speed internet connection with top notch security. Currently, I have 10 employees working under me and I required a shared internet connection for all of them. My previous Internet Service Provider (ISP) couldn’t match up to my demands so I started hunting for a better internet provider. Upon inquiry with friends I came to know about Tikona broadband services. A lot of my other entrepreneur friends were using it and told me it’s worth a shot, especially for my requirements.

How I found about Tikona-

As mentioned previously, I came to know about Tikona through my entrepreneur friends as they too were using it. So I did my bit of research about Tikona Digital Networks and found out that they are a Mumbai-based internet service provider and offer some good services and plans at reasonable rates.

My experience (Tikona review)-

My main necessity was to have a shared internet connection and I chose Tikona for that. The installation process was quick and the shared connection was up and running in no time. Because of Tikona’s shared connection, overall productivity increased and there was no loss in the internet connection speed, my employees too were happy.

Tikona’s secured office WiFi-

Tikona office Wi-Fi allows mobile Internet devices like tablets, laptops, smartphones etc., to access office network from any spot in the premises. It also allows the addition of newly joined users to the office network at zero incremental fees. This was a boon for me and my employees as we don’t have to restrict ourselves at one place for work.


Final review for Tikona Digital Networks-

Being a Tikona Broadband user for the past couple of months, I would like to share with you guys my honest review. I am pretty much content with their service as it’s quick and efficient. I would definitely recommend Tikona to my friends. Also their customer care support is responsive, I had a problem just once with Tikona and the query was resolved within half an hour.


Installation Services: 9/10
Speed: 8/10
Connectivity: 9/10
Customer Service: 8/10
Equipment: 8/10 (Ingenious)
Overall Rating: 8/10
Would I Recommend Tikona? YES.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)

As the name suggests, Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) is a protocol, which is used to shape a network's traffic flow and intensify its speed. It enables several packets to be transferred at the switching level that is Layer 2 instead of them having to be sent up to the routing level, better known as Layer 3. The ingress router labels every packet that forays into the Internet Service Provider’s (ISP) network. As per the labeling, the succeeding routing switches then forward the packets. After this step, the egress router takes over operations and proceeds with forwarding the original IP packet to its destination by discarding the labels.

Devices operating as egress or ingress routers are generally referred to as Provider Edge (PE) routers. On the other hand, ones functioning solely as transit routers have received the title of Provider (P) routers.  It is important to note that the labeling plays a vital role in determining the path that will be followed by the packet. These paths, which are referred to as label-switched paths (LSPs), enable service providers to determine beforehand the ideal way for specific types of traffic to be directed within a public or private network.

About MPLS
MPLS functions via the frame relay and Internet Protocol (IP), Asynchronous Transport Mode (ATM) network protocols. Its naming was largely influenced by this association. Moreover, either of these protocols could be employed to form a label-switched path. The idea behind its creation back in the 1990s was to save time that routers would otherwise have spent in installing and reviewing routing tables. Contrary to popular belief, MPLS is not only applicable to private networks but also to several provider networks such as the Internet backbones. In recent times, MPLS is extended by Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching (GMPLS) to operate lambda switching, time division multiplexing (TDM), and different types of switching technologies apart from packet switching.

How MPLS can be used
Service providers may derive multiple benefits when using MPLS. When the LSPs, which are capable of meeting particular service level agreements (SLAs) on packet loss, traffic latency, jitter, and downtime, are defined by service providers, they could succeed in enhancing the quality of service (QoS). MPLS encourages traffic separation and even supports the formation of virtual private LAN services (VPLS), virtual private networks (VPNs), and virtual leased lines (VLLs).

Opt for MPLS services by reputed providers like Tikona Infinet, TikonaDigital NetworksEnterprise Services arm. With MPLS, service providers may benefit from the elimination of cell tax and the reduction in the number of networks that require management. The best part about this is that the user address space does not face intervention from MPLS. Therefore, users have the option of maintaining their addresses or even utilizing private (net10) ones. One of the reliable service providers, Tikona Infinet of Tikona Broadband offers MPLS services on its VPN backbone.

Stringent network design ensures the security of MPLS networks, which although a challenge, is not difficult to accomplish. However, MPLS is certainly a boon for service providers as they have better control over their networks, which consequently enables them to offer quality services to users.