September 23, 2003

Internet in Bali

Internet access in Indonesia is nerves cracking. I have never experienced something THAT slow and it looks like I won't be able to upload pictures before leaving the country. It would probably take 48h non-stop to do it.... It takes me about 10 minutes to check one email in and I need almost 30 minutes on Hotmail (note that I disable pictures loading for that...). This is even slower than a mobile phone connection at 9600BPS shared between 4 users in the Perhentian Islands. And this is not even cheap, roughly a little more than US$2 / hour.

In Nusa Lembongan the only internet connection was a supposedly fast satellite connection for about $6 / hour and this was slower than a normal phone line connection in Bali.

The owner told me he was paying a whooping 4,000,000RP a month (US$450) for that crap. I'm not sure the strategy is worth it compared to a phone line connection...

Posted by stephane at September 23, 2003 04:20 AM