Going through the various booth at the recently concluded PIKOM PC-Fair at the Miri Indoor Stadium yesterday, the Redtone Broadband booth caught my attention.
GCH.com International Sdn. Bhd. is the authorised reseller for Redtone’s WIMAX services. There was a demo unit for the patron but unfortunately, while I was there.. it couldn’t be use due to (the usual answer) technical problem. It is a nightmare to have your product not functioning during an exhibition! That was a pissed off!
Anywhere, looking at the rates, you’ll need to pay RM123/mth inclusive of modem rental for a 384kbps uplink and a 1Mbps downlink. The package comes with this WIMAX modem.
How fast and whether it is available in your area, the GCH.com technical team needs to conduct a check and see if there is coverage in your area (even though they claim it is available). What if we do not want to subscribe after they conduct the test at our home? I asked the lady manning the counter this question – can your signal penetrate our walls? Comparing it with CELCOM 3G signal penetration rate. Answer: we need to test and check it at your house.
The guy (at the booth) added that if the modem (as shown above) couldn’t receive the signal, then they’ll installed a Motorola outdoor modem unit! Wahhhlauehh! That good ah?
Anyway, the service only comes with a modem, so, if you are planning to share the broadband connection, you may need to purchase a switch (for cabled) or a wifi-router for shared wireless network.
Am I convinced? As of now.. nope (fren, there shouldn’t be any technical issue during the exhibition. If it happened in the Indoor Stadium, you can imagine, our homes with a lower ceiling!) By now, I suggest that those who are in the technical team to give a better and realistic technical answer. If there is no coverage, we will accept answers that concern the bottleneck, the infrastructure, etc. If its Telekom Malaysia’s fault, say so lah.
The Sibu by-election is a testing ground for many politician on the effectiveness of the Internet in getting their message across to the voters. The Sibu parliamentary by-election also see the launching of the BN candidate’s personal website.
I believe the website main target group is the young, IT-savvy and first-timer Chinese voters. Most of the content are in Chinese, hence it will not serve the non-Chinese (for the time being).
The website will serve as an example to other politicians who wants to publish their activities and most importantly the messages and issues right from their own notebook. That’ll fill up the editing done by the mainstream media.
I want one too
So, Yang Berhormat sekalian.. what do you need to get a personal website up?
A person who can write about your activities, knows how to operate the video camera (and edit it), knows how to operate the digital camera (and knows the good angle to shoot)
A webmaster – no need to get those with master degree to do this. Anyone who knows how to manage cPanel (the most common application), a WordPress blog and get it all networked with other social network sites.
Don’t pay them too little. You pay peanuts, you’ll get monkeys hahahaaa..
And, please do not expect all the content to be there. You need time to gather all the documents, photos to make an informative site. So, it means, do not launch your website when the election is being announce. Do it NOW!
PAS is sending a large team to Sibu for the by-election obviously to help their fellow opposition candidate to win this by-election. Their target area are the Malay/Melanau majority. PAS is a believer of Islamic law in Malaysia and they are pursuing it. On the other hand, the DAP has always maintain their stand that Islamic law should not be use in Malaysia. Confusing isn’t it? You need a dancing to balance it, kan? Vote for Barisan Nasional!