Of late, I have developed hypertension. Not because of a medical disorder but because Ive been trying to surf the web in India. My private ISPs dial-up and handshake work out just fine but thereafter, I pull my hair out to download web pages. It takes 10 minutes to reach my mailbox, another 10 to download a message and perhaps an hour to see the picture my friend has sent from the US. Everyday my blood pressure rises because of this. I have given up.
The web is the magic word in India today. Net accounts come packaged on our neighbourhood store shelves like instant noodles-it takes only a little more than two minutes to unpack and plug into a new identity. And then the trouble begins.
Why are bad connections, painful dial-ups and slow access speed the order of the day in India, a country thats supposed to be at the forefront of the worlds IT revolution? Because the bandwidth available here is a pathetic 325 megabits per second (MBPs).
Bandwidth is the measure of the speed of communication operations. The bandwidth of a transmitted (or...