PHUKET: I’m tired of paying so much for ADSL. I have ADSL lines in three of the four Sandwich Shoppes (CAT EV-DO in Villa Market), plus one in the bakery and two in my home office. That’s six ADSL lines.
For years I’ve been using the TT&T, then 3BB, MaxNet Premiere 4 Mbps service. For years, I’ve been paying almost 2,600 baht per line per month – more than 15,000 baht a month for ADSL.
About a year ago, I switched one of the lines at my home office over to True 10 Mbps. It costs half as much as the 3BB Premiere service, and the international download speeds are twice as fast.
In December, I switched the line at Sandwich Shoppe Laguna to the 3BB Indy 12 Mbps package, for 1,600 baht per month.
Last month, I decided to try a little experiment. I turned in three of the 3BB MaxNet Premiere lines, and the 12 Mbps line, and traded them all for 3BB 6 Mbps “Indy” lines. My ADSL bill went from 2,600 baht per line (1,600 baht for Laguna) to 590 baht per line.
The folks at 3BB said I would be sorry. The MaxNet Premiere line is the best service they have, the sales clerk said. It has a fixed IP address, and everybody who’s serious about Internet in Phuket needs a fixed IP address.
MaxNet Premiere has a maximum of 10 users per line. And, besides, the cheap Indy lines won’t even connect to overseas – they’re only for use inside Thailand. That’s what the lady said.
Here’s the facts.
Nobody in their right mind needs a “fixed IP address” in Thailand. A fixed IP address is a prerequisite if you’re going to run a web server in your home or office, facing directly onto the internet. But who would run a web server in Thailand? (Well, OK, the big banks in Bangkok run web servers in Thailand. But Thai Air doesn’t have its server farm in Thailand – they’re based in Colorado.)
It’s much easier to spend US$10 a month and get a server someplace with reliable connections and big bandwidth. You don’t need a fixed IP address in Phuket.
While it may be true that 3BB “Premiere” service limits each DSLAM (that’s what the box on the telephone pole is called) to 10 lines, there’s no guarantee that those 10 people will use their connections gingerly. You may well get better speeds with the 20-line Indy service, unless one of your 20 neighbors likes to download torrents at the wrong times.
And as far as accessing international web sites, sorry, but if you can get to a site inside Thailand, you can also get to sites outside of Thailand. The internet doesn’t care where you’re headed. Anyone who tells you otherwise doesn’t know what they’re talking about.
Here’s what I found. All of these times are international download speeds, measured using our regular test at phuketinternetspeed.com
Home office Patong: Expensive line average 6.1 Mbps. Cheap line average 3.1 Mbps.
Sandwich Shoppe Patong: Expensive line average 4.1 Mbps. Cheap line average 6.2 Mbps. Yes, the price went way down, and the speed went way up.
Sandwich Shoppe Laguna: Expensive line (Premiere 4 Mbps) average 4.1 Mbps. In December, the cheaper (Indy 12 Mbps) line averaged 5.9 Mbps. In February, the very cheap line (6 Mbps) average 4.7 Mbps.
Sandwich Shoppe Chalong: Expensive line average 4.0 Mbps. Cheap line average 3.4 Mbps.
You can slice and dice those numbers many different ways, but the bottom line to me is that there’s very little difference in speed between 3BB’s MaxNet Premiere 4 Mbps package and its Indy 6 Mbps cousin – at one-fourth the cost.
Take a look at the numbers for yourself. They’re posted on the Phuket Internet Speed reporting site, www.phuketinternetspeed.com. While you’re there, sign up and start posting your speeds, too.
Sometimes you don’t get what you pay for.
The next Phuket Computer Clinic meeting will be this Sunday (March 13) from 10am to midday at Sandwich Shoppe Laguna, near the entrance to the Laguna complex. Look for us in the newly renovated (and almost complete) Meeting Room, at the back. Sponsored by the Phuket Gazette and Khun Woody’s Sandwich Shoppes.
Able Wanamakok will be conducting a series of three seminars called “Facebook 101” starting on March 19. The free seminars will meet every Saturday at 10am at The Meeting Place in Sandwich Shoppe Laguna.
Each session is limited to 20 participants. To sign up, go to www.facebook.com/SandwichShoppe and on the left click the link marked Facebook Seminar.
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Live Wire is IT guru and Phuket Gazette columnist Woody Leonhard’s weekly snapshot of all things internet in Phuket.
— Woody Leonhard
‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people
On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.
From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.
The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.
One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.
There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.
This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.
This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.
The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations
PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com
In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.
But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.
Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.
In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.
The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.
By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.
Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.
You can read the full list HERE.
Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com
Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com
Rawai beachfront water shut-off tomorrow for mains works
The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority says Rawai’s mains water supply will be shut off tomorrow (Tuesday, October 15) as new water pipes are fitted in front of The Title Beach Front condo resort complex on the town’s beachfront.
The mains water supply will be shut off from 9am until 4:30pm along the beachfront strip.
The PWA says the areas affected will be along Wiset Road along the Rawai beachfront road, as well as Soi Yanui and Soi Ruafaed.
Residents and businesses are being urged to collect water for use during the day today, before tomorrow morning’s shut-off.
As usual, the PWA say…“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
Contact the Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority on 076 319173 or 082 7901634 for more details.
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