About a couple of weeks ago, I came back from India.
As part of my trip to India, one of the challenges that I faced was Internet access. As such, I did take an iPad with me but it was the Wi-Fi only, 16GB model.
So why was internet access a challenge? Well, India has changed a lot since my last trip in 2010. However, the reason that Internet access was a challenge was down to the places where I stayed. For the first leg, we stayed at a relatives’ flat. They had a mobile broadband stick, which can be plugged into a computer to get it onto the Internet. Since the stick was using 3G technology, I was only able to view webpages and check emails at best.
For the second leg, we were staying in a flat that we owned. There was internet access in the form of a Wi-Fi access point for all of the flats in the building. A lot of people might have been on the Wi-Fi so it was slow. Again, there was just enough speed there to see webpages and check emails. If we were very lucky, we could watch the occasional youtube video at a lower video quality.
The third leg of the trip was split up into one portion where we stayed in a hotel where there was no internet connection. Just a bed, a bathroom and that’s it. The second portion was a few days at a house where my relatives stayed at the time. Thankfully, they had an Internet connection hooked up to a wireless router. That way, we could turn on the Wi-Fi on a smartphone or tablet and hook up to the Wireless router to get online. Again, the connection was good enough to load up webpages or check some emails.
For the fourth portion, we stayed in a hotel. The Internet connection was good enough to stream lower quality audio and read and send emails or tweets at best.
last but not least, i was staying at a flat. There, I was fortunate to have access to an Internet connection which was quite fast by indian standards. It was super stable. I was able to pull in emails, check facebook and twitter, stream high quality audio and video. Mind you, i did not stream video too much.
Fast forward to me coming back to my house here in the UK, and I am so glad to be back on my superfast internet connection that is really solid. At the time of publishing, our internet service provider had upgraded our internet connection that twice as fast. It made me really appreciate having an internet connection at all. Most important of all, the next time I go to a person’s house, or to work in an office I will not complain about how slow the internet connection is. In fact, I will count myself lucky that I actually have internet access.
The point that I am trying to make here is that sometimes we take having an internet connection for granted. There are some people around the world, who are lucky enough just to have internet access. Yes, it my be a little bit on the slow side, but so as long as they can get access to the information that they need, then they are okay living with that.
So I guess the TLDR(too long didn’t read) is this: You need to appreciate the fact that you have Internet access. Because there are some countries in the world, where having Internet access is a luxury, not something that can be taken for granted.