My friend Vhata says I must not moan in my blog so Iâ€™ve decided to try and make this post as positive as I humanly possible. However, let me start by saying that Telkom is a filthy disease ridden whore.
I could go and explain why I feel this way but honestly I can feel myself getting angry just trying to think of where to startâ€¦ The important bit is this: I refuse to continue to support Telkom.
Until recently there really wasnâ€™t much of an option when it came to broadband in South Africa. Telkomâ€™s ADSL was the “best” solution, but like I said earlier, Telkom is a dirty whoreâ€¦
Since Telkom owns all last mile copper the only other option is wireless. Traditionally the wireless market in SA was run illegally by unlicensed operators until a few got licences and the incompetent dogshow that ensued caused everyone, myself included, to decide that wireless was not a feasible solution (yet).
Besides the pedigree that Amobia inherits from its Frogfoot connections, itâ€™s also a company that is making a marked difference to the lives of the South Africans where it means the most… Theyâ€™re connecting under-privileged schools; initially for internal communication, Open Source downloads and email, but ultimately to the Internet. Theyâ€™ve done 35 and are on their way to 100. Not bad for a company a fraction of a fraction of the size of Telkom.
Iâ€™ve watched Amobia from afar for a while and two days ago, in the midst of another glorious Telkom blunder that left me discovering that Telkom’s systems really are a mystery even to themselves, I decided to jump ship and order an Amobia connection. Yesterday (the very next day) I had a technician in my house making sure that I would be able to connect properly and I expect to complete the paperwork tomorrow. It costs less per than Telkomâ€™s ADSL and I know that Amobia doesnâ€™t oversell their bandwidth so I should have a flawless, connected future, sans pigs, rats and filthy whores.
Iâ€™ll keep you posted.