Thank you Vodacom – you should supply carrier pigeons to increase bandwidth

You humble writer lives in South Africa.

Due to rampant cable theft, the country’s prime telecommunications provider Telkom has advised they are no longer prepared to supply telecomunications to the suburb in which I live – yup, a flat out refusal – affecting approximately 120 residences and a mere 70 businesses (guest farms, wedding venues etc, businesses in the hospitality industry. You know, the sort of thing that brings foreign currency into the country…

It has therefore become necessary to subscribe to an alternative, in the form of a 3G data contract. I am currently forced into a two year contract (due to the non-availability of any acceptable alternative) for a ‘data bundle’ where, for just over R1500 per month, I get 5Gb of data transfer and a laptop.

My gripe comes in when I make a connection (as happened in the last two days). A communication session is established, but no data (http, smtp, ftp) is transferred. Oh, I also have line-of-sight (320 metres away from the bally thing) to the Vodacom antenna – so they can’t use that as their excuse for crap service.¬† If you are reading this with a sympathetic eye because it happens to you too, I feel your pain.

And don’t try to phone the help-desk or tech support or whatever their lack of support masquerades as – unless you’re prepared to spend more than 20 minutes waiting for human interaction.

So that’s my excuse folks, for not updating the blog with interesting content and pretty pictures.Normal service will resume as soon as reasonable bandwidth has been restored.

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About Freud Fission Chips

Despite the banality of the name, FFC has led an intensely varied life. Grateful for surviving almost three years as a 'troepie' (soldier for non-South African Readers) in the Angolan war, he determined to wring as much out of life as possible. Currently providing Business Analysis services, trading on the stock market and developing web pages to pay the bills, FFC also dabbles in wildlife, landscape and people photography, writing, and far too many interests for his own good. He has also travelled extensively in southern Africa (working on the sound theory that a moving target is more dificult to hit). These peregrinations also include over 1500kms on foot through some of the worlds most spectacular scenery. It hasn't all been plain sailing, beer and skittles, and endless beds of roses... Chief amongst the prerequisites for surviving Africa, with its mind-bending characteristics, is an appropriate sense of humour.... So, for now, he will be recounting the amusing among the annoying, the frustrating wrapped in the funny and extracting the mirth from the melancholy... Oh yes, there might be some alliteration too.
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