Links from the talk
As part of Brunei Geek Meet’s Data Hackathon
- Managed to gather data from the Survey Department http://survey.gov.bn/web/survey_department/map
- To map out kampongs and mukims in Brunei
- Webapp allows you to search for kampongs / mukims and explore the neighbourhood around any selected area
I’ve heard complaints that DST, one of the Brunei mobile telcos, rip people off with regards to charging for data. Let’s see if that’s true.
- Singapore: M1, Singtel, Starhub
- Australia: Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Vaya
- UK: EE/Orange, Vodafone
- USA: AT&T, T-Mobile
And I’ve come up with this spreadsheet.
On a cursory glance, it seems that
- UK has pretty good prices in all data tiers
- we have one of the worst excess data charges
- DST pricing isn’t that great when data usage is under 5GB
- with plans using more than 5GB of data (and especially > 10GB data), DST is actually very good so long as you stay within the quota amount
Hope to do more in-depth look soon
The Telbru eSpeed/High-Speed Broadband (HSBB) Internet rates have arrived and price wise they are going in a good direction, quota wise not so much, but here are the facts that you need to know.
- Base monthly rates have been reduced
- Some plans have quotas
- If you exceed the quota you will get throttled but you pay no extra (you will still have an Internet connection, just slower speeds)
- Throttled speeds are “about 20% of the subscribed plan package”
- Extra quota top-ups can be purchased if you exceed your quota which will restore your speed
- Price caps are only for those who purchase multiple extra quota top-ups
- At the switch over, you will get the same speed but at the new reduced monthly price (and quota’s if applicable)
How to check your data usage
Notifications can be sent to you via your preferred communication channel (e-mail/text message) when you have used 50%, 80% and 100% of your quota volume
Read more on Telbru’s site
- Is the data metering real time?
- Are both uploads and downloads counted?
- Best effort Internet: which sounds very similar to the eSpeed problems on yesteryear
My bandwidth at home cannot even reach 1Mbps, is there a rebate?
There will be no rebate given on your rental charge or quota. Our broadband service is best effort service. If your average broadband speed is low (approximately one megabit per second or less) we do not recommend you to purchase higher bandwidth or quota packages.
Lightning talk slides presented at the first Brunei Geek Meet 2 weeks back
Today marks the first meetup of Brunei Geek Meet (http://www.meetup.com/BruneiGeekMeet/), a meetup where I hope to start fostering the meetup culture that I’ve been experiencing here in Melbourne. We aim to be run by the community for the community. I believe that everybody has something to share and I want Brunei Geek Meet to be a platform for people to contribute to the community as a whole: be it as a learner, as a presenter, as a mentor, as a discussion starter, etc. We are more technology oriented (but are open to geeks of any kind!) and we intend to have talks, code labs, hacknights/days and other events where people can attend, learn and contribute in their own ways.
I am also please to announce that we have a license to hold a RHoK event in Brunei. With the tagline “Hacking for Humanity” RHoK believes in providing a platform for people (particularly technologists) to do social good and make the world a better place.
This is done by hackers working to solve a community problems which can be used in the region of the problem, and even to a bigger audience of the World. When I first attended RHoK, it brought me back to the days I was working on the SMARTER eCVS and I want RHoK Brunei to be of the same nature: for us to see a local need and for technologists to team up to work on a solution.
With that, I would like to extend an invitation to any individuals or organisations that are facing or know of problems that could use a technological solution to get in touch with me and so we can kick off some discussion on how the developer community of Brunei could help. My contact details are firstname.lastname@example.org / @thewheat. I truly hope that you can be a part of RHoK and help contribute to the betterment of the Brunei developer community by providing a real world problem that we, as a community, can get together and help solve.