In Other Blogs: Trying To Connect To The Internet In Korangi Industrial Area
Here at the Karachi Metroblog we’ve talked fairly frequently about the elusive dream that reliable and inexpensive broadband is for most of the city’s citizens. But a measure of just how elusive mere 24×7 internet connectivity is, let alone broadband, can be seen in this post at Wired Pakistan where KO narrates how despite installing no less then 8 different types of systems, including but not limited to Dial Up, DSL, Wifi, GPRS, Wimax and others, he’s rarely a satisfied customer:
My office is in the beginning of Korangi, which is Karachi’s (and hence Pakistan’s) premiere industrial area. Email and the internet are a essential part of any business, and thus to ensure reliable internet connectivity we’ve got eight different internet links.
Eight, you might ask incredulously, but that is the sad truth. What prompted this post is that even after have eight internet links, in the recent rains all of them went down – most of them don’t work anyways, and of the one which did, the isp’s wireless tower collapsed!
The extended entry has a full review of all the 8 different facilities the author tried, including comparisons of them in terms of their charges and services, and it doesn’t paint a very bright picture let me tell you. But its an eye opening review nevertheless, in that it highlights just how far away Pakistan still is in this sphere despite the recent IT-Telecommunications industry boom. If the prime industrial area of the financial hub of the country can’t guarantee internet connectivity, then you’ve seriously got problems.
I don’t claim to be a tech geek (tech savvy, sure, but no where close to a geek), so those of you who do claim to be one, feel free to wear your thinking caps and suggest why this situation is as bad as it is, and more importantly, when, if at all in the immediate future, are things going to change.