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Friday, June 26, 2015

Decorp's monthly kWh Rates

Decorp is the electricity distribution company for Dagupan City and some neighboring municipalities in the province of Pangasinan, including Sta. Barbara..

As I have recorded all account statements since we settled here end of 2010, I have now a history of the monthly kWh rates for the last four years. I will keep it up-to-date.

See also an earlier post on Decorp here, with an analysis of how the consumer price is calculated.

The below charts show the monthly customer account rates since 2011 in Peso per kWh.
The dates shown at the vertical axis are the end of the period (broken month) for which the rate is calculated.

If you hoover over the chart you will see the exact value per period.

Do you see a trend as a result of the crude oil price going down with 50% since early 2015. Only June 2015 is a bit lower than the previous months. Bare in mind that the consumer price is not only determined by the oil price, but also includes transport cost and loss, improving projects, tax, etc. See my previous post on Decorp here.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Smart versus Globe

In my previous post I ended with a question to readers of that post, regarding what is collectively called "Port Forwarding" or "Unsolicited Inbound traffic".

Having had some discussions with two readers, I did again an extensive search regarding this problem and finaly found in a Globe customer forum the following two posts.

Thanks to ChitoReyes and VinceVince..

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Globe WiMAX modem replaced with LTE modem

The new LTE modem
Two weeks ago Globe came to us to replace our WiMAX modem with a LTE modem, both are produced by Huawei from China.

No advance message, they just sent their subcontractors to Globe WiMAX clients, with a half-A4 paper explanatory note that the replacement is for free and the supported speed will double without changing the contracted plan.
The old WiMAX modem

Note: The ladder they brought was too short to reach the roof for replacing the antenna, so they went home again, but the next day they came again with the same ladder. So I had to teach them a trick to climb on the roof for replacing the antenna.

Both WiMAX and LTE Advanced are officially defined as "True 4G" technologies by ITU. It doesn't mean that they are similar.

WiMAX is coming from the WiFi technology area and mainly used for wireless broadband connections, in our case in a rural area, so when a fixed line DSL modem is not possible.

LTE is coming from cellular phone technology (GSM) and developed by the mobile phone industry.

It's interesting to have a look at the evolution of digital cellular and WiFi standards, see the graph below.


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