In the spirit of National Day and bountiful makramahs, can Your Majesty put some pressure on Batelco and get them to suck just a little less blood from us technophiles who cannot live without the Internet?
I implore you to do something about this Your Exalted Majesty, as no one of us could do anything about the situation, you know that some of us tried but no impact was felt whatsoever. In fact, that company, which is a wholly owned Bahraini company now, doesn’t give a rodent’s behind about your country, its citizen’s nor does it care about its residents and businesses either. It is not listening and will never listen unless either a political instruction is descended upon them to open up and allow businesses and individual creativity to flourish, or allow its competitions to really get the upper hand for a few years to sell their wares fairly while throttling the ultimate throttler.
You see, Your Majesty, Moore’s law suggests that everything in technology doubles in use but halves in cost every 18 months, that period of time has now shortened to just 3 months if you look at the various technological products and services the world over. Hard disks are approaching 1TB in capacity for a very reasonable price, a price that we happily paid for 1/10th of that capacity just a couple of years ago. The same thing with Internet speeds and available bandwidth; people in the developed and some in the not-so-developed worlds are enjoying speeds of 8MB (that’s a Big B Your Majesty, not a small one) paying not more than BD30 a month. In France, the telcos there started renting MacBooks with 1Mb connections for as little as 2 Euros a day; yet in your own blessed country, Your Majesty, we are being Royally shafted – if you would pardon my French as I cannot find a more appropriate term – by Your Company, the exalted Batelco for BD60 a month for a measly 2Mb (yes, that’s a small b) with a bandwidth limitation of just 20GB.
Let me tell you Your Majesty that this is a completely unfair package, and one that would encourage people and companies to migrate to a close-by country for the competitive nature of their just opened telecoms market. Being a patriot, of course I will not do that, but help me out here Your Majesty; I just upgarded to a 2Mb connection late last month, my first billing cycle was on Dec 3rd and already we have used all the limit of 20GB (so they say) that we are back down to a crawling 64kb which is absolutely criminal in this day and age.
Your Majesty, I’m not asking you to drop my loans, those I have taken willingly and am responsible enough to pay them on time with a smile. I am not even asking for a free internet connection, as you have seen Your Majesty, I have willingly upgraded my package recently and do not have any problem – in the absence of competition – to pay through the nose to keep it maintained and I will even effect a smile, but Your Majesty it is ludicrous to expect the Internet Generation to accept limits on usage. This is like telling us that we can only breath a specific volume and just make do with one shallow breath every five minutes and make do with that existence until the next billing cycle starts again and the Batelco Gods open the connection again!
Come on Your Majesty, please and double pretty please, can you give us an Internet makramah and tell those Batelco blood suckers to remove the limits? Judging by how they prefer the Jordanian market and how low their charges are, please don’t believe them when they tell you they can’t, they can and will. All you really need to do is put some pressure on them, and I for one will not shed a single tear for seeing the back of Peter K for the very last time. He, almost exclusively, has completely shafted the reputation of your country – please pardon my French again Your Majesty, but that’s the only appropriate expression I can think of at the moment.
Thank you Your Majesty and enjoy the holidays.