The telephone lines in the area I live in were stolen (again) on the 23 March.
I've been without a telephone line or Internet access for nearly a week now and it doesn't look like Telkom are going to replace them anytime soon.
I phoned a contact at Telkom and someone did some investigating for me.
Problem 1 : There is no spare cable at the store.
Problem 2 : Telkom are thinking of installing some sort of microwave or radio link but that will only happen at the end of May at the earliest.
Problem 3 : I live in an area with poor cellphone reception. About 1 bar signal and 50% of calls drop before I can answer them.
Problem 4 : I live and work from home and the closest Internet access point (like an Internet Cafe) is 40km away.
Problem 5 : No iBurst coverage where I live.
Problem 6 : Cellphones are too darn expensive for voice and data calls!
So what can I do for cheap Internet access on par with ADSL?
I'd even go back to dialup speeds if there was a line.
There are people in the same area that had their lines stolen last November and they still haven't been replaced.
P.S. I'll only be able to read all the replies in about a weeks time when I get to someone with Internet access.