It’s been a week now since the earthquake off Taiwan has greatly affected the internet connections and communications systems of the country. From blazing speeds of no less than 400kbps before the earthquake, my Globelines broadband connection has been down to dial-up speeds, even lower.
Last night, I was so frustrated because from around 7pm to almost 11pm, my connection was just useless. The only site I could access is my Gmail-powered e-mail. However downloading attachments were at 0.4-1kb/s! OMFG! Uploading the files needed by my professor? Forget it, I just used my USB thumb drive and would have to manually give the file later this day. I wasn’t able to do my homework and my research because of this. Would my professors accept my excuse that ‘my internet connection at home wasn’t working last night’? Hell no! Now I understand that the earthquake was really no one’s fault and we’re lucky that very few were hurt or killed and that, at least, internet connections have been restored – to a very, very limited capacity.
Though I’ve been wondering and have come to suspect that Globelines has been the worst affected or most ill-prepared among the broadband providers in the country. A great shame and disappointment really, thinking that I actually bragged the I’m quite happy about their consistent high connection speeds and satisfactory customer support, until now that is. Just ask Carlo of My Journal Philippines, he’ll tell you how crappy Globelines’ Broadband service is.
There’s more evidence that would support my theory that Globelines is the most ill-prepared/incompetent/incapable of recovery or remedying this situation or worst-hit by the cable damages brought on the Taiwan earthquake. It can be found over at the comments section of post in PinoyTech Blog surveying the Broadband provider’s performances after the quake. From there, you would read that the readers who are Globelines broadband subscribers say that the service is useless and crappy. Even more surprising, commenters say that Smart BRO is back to normal. Disappointing and frustrating indeed. It has been a week already, the other providers have restored their services to normal levels. Why can’t Globe do this as well?