With the new Telkom ADSL model coming in November, our connectivity in South Africa is now actually moving backwards.
I trialed iBurst, still have a Sentech (spit) connection, have considered ADSL and messed around with 3G and GPRS.
I'm sick and tired of the horse **** we have to swallow in this country. Friends of mine in the States have just bought a darkfibre 7mb/s connection for $50 a month. Paris has just launched a 32mb/s connection and Japan is gearing up to launch the world's first gigabit connection.
Here I sit in South Africa with a crappy 128kbps connection that performs at 64k when I'm lucky. Our infrastructure is managed by a group of corrupt idiots. The government ties everything up in red tape and isn't really doing anything and the SNO looks like it will either be a toothless monster or never freakin' happen.
I love this country, I really do. But my business is IT and I can't do it here. I'm tired of falling behind the rest of the world in terms of content delivery and entertainment. I've had it with stupid excuses from Sentech and blatant corruption from Telkom. It's time something big happened. It's time for marching, protesting and serious public campaigning.
Our countries education and economic futures depend on our connectivity improving. The Internet is a pivotal enabler to so many vital fields.
Would marching help? Would mandates handed to minister's change anything? Would mass consumer action against Telkom be possible? Are South Africans too apathetic and pathetic to effect change? Is it perhaps the consumers attitude that has bred one of the worst service industries in the world here in South Africa?
What are your opinions? Because I'm on the virge of considering immigration... as much as that would kill me.