Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Fantastic Facts and Fancies
It could be just my deteriorating eyesight or it could be really true that I saw an ad in the newspapers yesterday by a telco advertising its wonderful new mobile broadband package. Full-page. Full-colour ad. And what caught my eye was the price of one of the packages. RM89.00 for a package with a speed of "up to" 384 kbps!!!!!!!! That's 384 thousand bits per second!!! Wow!!!
But wait ah. Isn't that a bit slow? And the promise is "up to" only you know. And I am sure, thanks to Streamyx we are all too familiar with 'promises' like these.
I think when I was in Singapore recently I heard them boasting that in 2010 they are going to have a broadband speed of 1 gbps. I may be a computer idiot but I think one gigabit/byte whatever per second is infinitely faster right? So why are we still making like 384 kbps is a big deal?