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.