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
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
`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
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
Lirneasia's come out with preliminary test results of the Quality of Service of three of the most widely used broadband packages in Sri Lanka, SLT Office (2 Mbps / 512 kbps), SLT Home (512 kbps / 128 kbps) and Dialog (2 Mbps / 512 kbps). (With Dialog, I'm not sure what exactly they tested (Dynamic … Continue reading The State of “Broadband” in Sri Lanka – Take 1
That's a photo of where I get my SLT ADSL from. It chokes. It splutters. It dies. But just when I was about to write this post and in the background decided to download a Top Gear episode, it magically just sprang to life. 219Kb/s sustained for 20 minutes. Phew. It's not the first time … Continue reading “Broadband” in Sri Lanka – Where the gremlins reside
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
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?