Tamilnet was opened up, then blocked again and has now been opened up again via some connections on some ISPs. Tamilnet.com has been accessible from SLT's ADSL connections for around five or six days from the last time it was blocked. To date, you cannot access the site from Dialog's WiMax connections. Bizarrely though, I … Continue reading Tamilnet.com unblocked again. Sort of.
It's not the first time that I've written here on the power of video to transform conflict, facilitate reconciliation and highlight insights and facets to war not often covered by traditional media. I guess the most well known of exercises in recent times was by Kevin Sikes and his compelling work with Yahoo to document … Continue reading Hometown Baghdad and a similar idea for Sri Lanka
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
Writing on the arrest and detention of hundreds of Tamils in the South of Sri Lanka, Ange in an article published on Groundviews had a very interesting observation on SMS based news services in Sri Lanka at a time such as this: I wonder at the comfortable ignorance the majority of us enjoy being in. … Continue reading The telling lack of timely SMS news alerts on the arrest and detention of Tamils
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?
Seems that Reuters has pulled out of offering SMS news alerts and information bulletins through Dialog. Dialog is now advertising Ada Derana, from the TV station Derana, as a replacement though to date, I've received many SMS's from Ada Derana asking me to await breaking news alerts, none have been forthcoming. The last I reviewed … Continue reading Reuters breaking news alerts no more on Dialog
The following is the text of an email sent to Dialog today on what I see as a misleading marketing campaign made worse by customer service staff who themselves know not exactly what is going on. This is an issue I first flagged on Lirneasia's blog. Dear Sir / Madam, I wish to lodge an … Continue reading Dialog Wimax advertisements vs. reality
Moderating an event organised by a professional accounting association recently that had Hans Wijesuriya, CEO of Dialog Telekom in Sri Lanka as a guest speaker, I picked up on how he characterised Dialog, which he said was about "giving wings to equality" (exact quote). This prompted me to ask him how he, as a professional … Continue reading Mobile phones as a basic human right: Perspectives from Sri Lanka