It’s time for me to move over to a broadband connection. I have been weighing up every possible type of connection from iBurst, 3G to fixed line ADSL, after having spent countless hours stuck in internet traffic on a dail-up modem. Dial-up has been a trusty connection till now, but it been getting way too slow for anything productive in Web2.0-land.
Alas, a slight niggle. Unfortunately it seems that I live in a “dead zone”.
I barely have any iBurst connectivity to speak of, unless you sit outside with an antenna that would make the SETI project seem small fry in comparison. 3G is no good, because the Vodacom tower can barely give me a cellphone signal inside the house, so therefore I’ve been left with Telkom’s fixed line ADSL offering.
After many hours, nay months even, of deliberation and testing (of other people’s hardware) I finally applied for a Telkom ADSL connection last week Wednesday (7th of March, 2007). The rather friendly operator said something about waiting 4-6 weeks for final activation and installation (depending on availability).
I’ve been advised that I shouldn’t hold my breath.
So, to test how
quickly efficiently timely Telkom can get things together, I’ve loaded a small counter (on the right sidebar) to indicate the amount of time that has elapsed since applying for the service.
We shall wait with baited breath. I’m hopeful.
Geesh Telkom pulled out all the stops. 7 Days, 23 minutes and 12 seconds later, ADSL was installed and working. Thanks to the efforts of Shaheen from the Telkom Retail Business division who pulled out all the stops to get it up and running. Thanks guys, Telkom does rock!