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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Etisalat's Summer Slowdown

Well, I can't say I wasn't warned. I had an email from Etisalat a few days ago advising me that Internet speeds 'might' be reduced for a week starting today. And the reason? None of the one's I'd previously guessed at. But it is a corker.

They are relocating three submarine cables that come ashore at Fujeirah because of the construction of an artificial island off the coast. Gulf News quotes Abdullah Hashim, Ecompany's Assistant General Manager as saying that they had put in extra links to minimize the disruption caused by the work.

"People might not even notice any difference. We will try to manage the traffic. Many operators would not do this work to lessen the effects, but customer service is very important to us," he said.

I'm noticing it now, and have been for about the last hour.

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10 Comments:

Blogger marwan said...

"Many operators would not do this"
aka make a sham of trying to manage the unmanageable while yanking our (blocked) connections to the outside world because some nit wants to write Fujeirah Rules! in the sea.

Thanks guys! I appreciate that if you can't provide appropriate service, you're happy to slow our ADSL to dialup speeds for no cost at all.

5:12 pm  
Blogger Seabee said...

It's so bloody slow normally that it's difficult to tell whether it's worse today. I think mine's about the same.

6:27 pm  
Blogger samuraisam said...

A premeditated cable cut! Brilliant!

If Etisalat wasn't such a blatant pirate (the uncool kind) organisation, they'd at least cut 50% off this months internet bill, or better yet, make the month free. Logically they wouldn't have to pay for bandwidth they didn't use, so as far as I can tell, this is just plain old profiteering (not that we'd expect otherwise from Etisalat)

And the last time the net cut off, he said the same shit about people not noticing, supposedly only those using non-http protocols (online gaming, FTP, skype, bit torrent etc) would notice, but as per usual, he was full of shit, it took me more than 10 minutes to load a single webpage, I couldn't even log onto IRC.

Etisalat, as always, is pathetic and an embarassment to the UAE.

7:00 pm  
Blogger Dubai Sunshine said...

Although I am not with Etisalat (I am with DIC/Sahm or whatever it's called now) I am experiencing it too.... I keep getting interruptions in the connection and it's pretty slow...and it's been like that for a couple of days. Not sure if it's related to the Etisalat issue...

10:05 pm  
Blogger nzm said...

DS - same here.

But you have to hand it to the creativity of Etisalat to come up with such a brilliant excuse this year!

11:43 pm  
Blogger Harsha said...

its a strategy!!
get off your arses and go enjoy the summer surprises!

9:25 am  
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Blogger kaya said...

Had serious problems 2 weeks ago when I couldnt connect above 24mpbs. after many calls and comnplains I was told everything was okay their end maybe the doadeerafemaledeer
lalallala lateeda something was blahblahblah zzzzzzzzzz YAWN is it morning already....was wrong at my end.
Thats right . Its always my end thats WRONG!

9:56 pm  
Anonymous surprised sheep said...

Do Police officers in Dubai accept “Bribes” ?

Apparently, YES!

So this friend of ours was in a taxi being driven down to Sharjah, the cab guy skips a light at the Galadhari cross roads and changes three lanes in a go. The cab got pulled over and the Cops came over and wanted to arrest this guy. Not the Driver, but the passenger,(Brown passenger).

The cops asked him if he was drinking, (remember he was not in Sharjah yet, still a few hundred meters away from the border),


The guy freaked out so he offers a bribe, AED 1,800 that he happened to have in his pocket. And guess what, the Uniformed Dubai Police Officer accepts it and lets him go.
Now we understand that corruption is endemic in this region, however is it acceptable to fleece the underprivileged? Oh allk right this over paid brown guy we are taling about is not part of the ,”underprivileged”, but WTF? Well Dubai is progressing and ……

Dubai = a wanna be First world country?

Dubai = stereotypical Arab nation with nothing new to offer.


Regards,

Surprised Sheep Productions

2:38 am  
Blogger dxbmatt said...

@surprised sheep,

Firstly, keep on topic!

To the rest of you,

I moved from Jebel Ali 6 months ago to the wilds of Umm Suqeim. Since I've had the 1Mb connection in here I haven't really had a problem. Although I've apparently been marked as a 'Heavy User' (noted when trying to pay the bill through e4me.ae). Home use, I probably average 80GB download/60G upload a month and I see no traffic shaping, limits so I am quite happy. At work, however, the same 1Mb connection through 'Business One' on DSL is 895 per month with (and they keep changing it) 12GB transfer per month (Upload and Download) with an extra Dhs50 (Used to be 500) per 500MB over the limit. Sad thing is I on the same local exchange as the one at the office!

6:44 pm  

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