Google wants to make the web faster

Hurrah! Who can argue with such a noble cause? Google's new Speed site points to tools and techniques designers and coders can use to make web services and websites more efficient and effective, especially over limited bandwidth and high latency connections. But as many agree, it's not just the code that needs tweaking. It's the … Continue reading Google wants to make the web faster

Net Neutrality: Economics and implications for ICT4Peace and ODR

A post on Lirneasia prompted some thought on the linkages between Net Neutrality and peacebuilding, especially the use of the web and Internet for conflict transformation. Lirneasia's post deals with Obama's and McCain's stance on the issue of Net Neutrality, with Chanuka making the point that while theoretically desirable, Net Neutrality has its own significant … Continue reading Net Neutrality: Economics and implications for ICT4Peace and ODR

Patriotism and broadband in Sri Lanka

`Our initial decision to partner with Reliance Globalcom of the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group to extend the Falcon cable segment from Trivandrum to Colombo was in no small measure motivated by patriotism,` Lanka Bell Managing Director Prasad Samarasinghe said.  Quote taken from a news report on Lanka Bell's 3 billion rupee investment to help Sri … Continue reading Patriotism and broadband in Sri Lanka

Growth of mobiles and ICTs in the Asia Pacific region

The UNESCAP 2007 Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific has some interesting figures on the growth of ICTs in general and mobile phone telephony in particular in the region. Sri Lanka has more mobile phone subscribers per 100 population than Pakistan and India. Other interesting statistics include: Mobile phone growth is stifling fixed line … Continue reading Growth of mobiles and ICTs in the Asia Pacific region

Mobitel 3.5G HSPA + Huawei E220 USB modem on Leopard – Download speeds and experience

Repeated calls to Dialog's WiMax call centre, meeting them face to face at the Crescat Lobby in December and repeated SMS's to the General Manager of Marketing failed to get me a Dialog WiMax connection that worked as promised. Clearly, Dialog is too busy giving "wings to equality" to care too much about what must … Continue reading Mobitel 3.5G HSPA + Huawei E220 USB modem on Leopard – Download speeds and experience

Dialog: Listening to customers?

I first expressed reservations about Dialog's recently introduced WiMax service on Lirneasia's blog, which has some interesting responses after my comment that call in general for a more rigorous study of the Quality of Service of "broadband" service providers in Sri Lanka (that I seem to recall Lirneasia was interested in doing, though I may … Continue reading Dialog: Listening to customers?