Living With Belize Telemedia (BTL)
BTL Doubles Download Bandwidth - Upload Still Capped at 1 Mbs
On September 26, 2014, our download bandwidth at Consejo.bz was doubled from 4 Mbs to 8 Mbs but uploads remain at the sluggish 1 Mbs we have suffered with for the past several years. This improved service cost us the same as the previous service or about US$195 per month, which is still over three times what it should cost.
The Bahamas, a country of approximately the same population as Belize, Jamaica and Barbados all offer their monthly subscription plans with an advertised download speed of 25 Mbs+ for about the same price BTL offers 1 Mbs! And upload bandwidth in all three jurisdictions is much better than the maximum 1 Mbs upload offered by BTL's. Of course, these three country's Internet Providers are all Privately Owned.
Here are BTL's Internet Rates.
- 256 Kbs - - - - US$ 12.50
- 512 Kbs - - - - US$ 28.00
- 1 Mbs - - - - US$ 44.00
- 2 Mbs - - - - US$ 70.00
- 4 Mbs - - - - US$120.00
- 8 Mbs - - - - US$195.00
- 16 Mbs - - - US$350.00
The highest bandwidth available in Belize is now 16 Mbs Download for the ridiculous price of US$350 / month! The Bahamas fastest internet service is 50Mbs/down 7Mbs/up for US$70! BTL has a long way to go before they can claim to offer internationally competitive Internet Services. Management at BTL also needs to realize that businesses do a lot of UPLOADING and require greater upload bandwidth as well to be competitive.
Some Service Disruptions Continue
We are hearing reports that some BTL users continue to experience erratic internet service. BTL claims that interruption in Internet service is due to cyber attack. They claim their DNS servers are the victims of what is known as a Distributed Denial Of Service (DDoS) attack. Here at Consejo.bz we have not not noticed any effects from this problem, but then we don't use BTL's DNS servers either. For the tech adept, just go to your Network Adaptor's Ipv4 Properties and change the DNS servers to these:
Or you can call BTL and have then change the DNS settings in you DSL modem. Once you make this change you will be using Google's public DNS servers rather than BTL's. Like most things Google, these DNS servers work extremely well. We have used Google's servers at Consejo.bz for several years and have never had a DNS problem.
VoIP is Working, But You Still May Need A VPN
Many internet services are location dependant, like NetFlix, JustinTV, BBC and many more. A quality VPN remains a valuable service to those living or traveling outside their home country or region. Using a VPN will allow you to access most location restricted service while traveling or living abroad.
Also, for those who are security conscious, all VPNs provide encrypted point to point communication. This allows you to use public Hot Spots and other internet connections without fear of having your transactions compromised.
Random Redirect VPN (Free)
Hotspot Shield creates a virtual private network (VPN) between your laptop or iPhone and our Internet gateway. This impenetrable tunnel prevents snoopers, hackers, ISP‘s, from viewing your web browsing activities, instant messages, downloads, credit card information or anything else you send over the network. Hotspot Shield security application is free to download, employs the latest VPN technology, offers best Wi-Fi security and is easy to install and use.
Commercial Virtual Private Networks
- All VPN servers access!
- USA, UK, CZ, SK Public IP!
- Dynamic IP (not SHARED)!
- 100% traffic encrypted!
- Bypass restrictions!
- No ISP control!
- OpenVPN support!
This is a commercial Virtual Private Network with servers in the USA, SK, CZ and the UK. It is working flawlessly in Belize, bypassing all attempts at censorship and VoIP blocking. Works with any internet application, including Skype, Magic Jack, and Yahoo Messenger. They also offer a 3 day free trial.
This is a Commercial Virtual Private Network with servers in the USA, UK and Germany. It works flawlessly in Belize, bypassing all attempts at censorship and VoIP blocking. This service will not, however, allow P2P Torrent sites to be accessed. The cost is a little higher than some other options. Works with any internet application, including Skype, Magic Jack, and Yahoo Messenger.
US VPN Accounts: Shared IP Unmetered Bandwidth Usage
Semi Annual $74.97
WiTopia offers several inexpensive plans for problem free VoIP. It is working perfectly in Belize as it punches right through all of BTL's attempts at blocking. Their best plan for folks in Belize is their personalVPN™ – SSL (openVPN)
WiTopia openVPN customers enjoy full access to all WiTopia gateways – Los Angeles, Manchester UK, New York Metro, San Francisco, Washington, DC – as well as alternate ports and 256-bit encryption options. This will ensure the ultimate in speed, unblockability, and security. This works perfectly with Skype, Gizmo and Magic Jack.
$59.99 / YEAR
GoTrusted is an other Private Secure VPN Tunnel with high grade encryption. There is a 7 day free trial, after which they charge $6.99 per month. It also is very simple to use. It is currently working flawlessly in Belize with Skype and Magic Jack.
Just go to GoTrusted.com. Sign up for an account then download the program and follow the instructions. If you can't make it work or just don't like it, you can cancel anytime in the first week at no cost.