Bulgaria Training – Day 3

Third day of training, now we moved to a different topic, which is TOM (Table Object Model). Again, it is something that I can understand easily. Alhamdulillah.

As for lunch, again, we’ve been served what Bulgarian typically eat for lunch – vegetable salad with cheese, tuna baguette and pineapple tart.

Upon my arrival 3 days ago, I did ask the receptionist whether there is internet connection available in this hotel. They ask whether I have my own laptop or not. I say yes. And they said, the hotel provide free wireless internet, but you have to use it in the lobby area. I then ask is internet connection available in the room? They said no. You have to be here.

It’s nice internet is free, but bringing my laptop to the lobby area? I end up using free wireless internet that I got from nearby building, which the signal is quite weak, and the connection is intermittent.

And today, it happened that I make an accidently discovery. My oen fall down under the table, and I went down there and move over the dustbin to take the pen, where I discovered that there is LAN port available there. Curiously, I go and get my LAN cable, and eagerly connect my laptop. Walla. There is internet connection.

Sigh. And what that lady was saying 3 days ago? I did ask whether there is internet connection in the room, but she said, I have to come down to the lobby for free wireless internet.

So I’m in heaven, having a stable internet connection in my hotel room. Goodbye to the intermittent wireless internet connection.

Talking about the internet speed here, I’m so ashamed that Malaysia can’t actually provide this kind of internet speed. Oh no, actually Telekom Malaysia should be ashamed of themselve for not being able to provide us with this kind of internet speed.

Just look at my torrent download speed below. The download transfer rate is at whooping 987.2 kB/s. Actually, it goes higher than this (the highest that I got is about 1.3 MB/s, But for the sake of showing big number, I took a screenshot when the speed is 987.2 kB/s.

Let us look at the statistic, shall we? This is Malaysia’s Internet Usage Stat that I’ve taken from here.

11,016,000 users as of September 2006, with 38.9% penetration rate.

  Malaysia
Internet Usage Stats

Internet Usage Statistics:
11,016,000 Internet users as of Sept/2006, 38.9% of the population, according to C.I.Almanac.

Internet Usage and Population Growth:

YEAR

Users

Population

% Pen.

Usage Source

2000

3,700,000

24,645,600

15.0 %

ITU

2005

10,040,000

26,500,699

37.9 %

C.I.Almanac

2006

11,016,000

28,294,120

38.9 %

ITU

And here is the one for Bulgaria that I get from here. 2,200,000 users as of September 2005 (September 2006 maybe double than this) with only 28.7% penetration rate.

  Bulgaria
Internet Usage Stats

Internet Usage Statistics:
2,200,000 Internet users as of Sept/05, 28.7% of the population, according to ITU.

Internet Usage and Population Statistics:

YEAR

Users

Population

% Pop.

Usage Source

2000

430,000

7,932,984

5.4 %

ITU

2004

1,545,100

7,521,066

20.3 %

ITU

2006

2,200,000

7,673,215

28.7 %

ITU

From the stat, Malaysia has more users, and Malaysia also has higher penetration rate. But why Bulgaria can provide such a very good service when they still haven’t got much demand for broadband internet, and at the penetration rate that is still a bit low? Telekom must be making a fortune looking at the number of subsribers. But where have all the money go? Why there is not upgrade for our infrastructure? Well, maybe all the CEOs and ministers that are behind this telecomunication and internet thingy feeding on the money.

And just recently, TMnet has blocked all P2P connections. If you are into torrent, you may have probably noticed it. And again, the customer to blame for not having fair usage of internet. But how can we got the blame where the Streamyx users are increasing, but the infrastructure and bandwidth that TM have is still the same as when they started? And why having 512kbps, 1.0 Mbps and 2.0 Mbps is the internet is just good for browsing internet? I won’t go for 2.0Mbps is I only can browse internet. 512kbps is more that enought for that.

Come on TM. Wake up!

Imran

Technical Manager at one of the market researcher company in KL who does blogging on his free time. Love cats very much. Always fascinated with new technology (as well as spending money on it)

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