Skip to main content

Wireless Broadband -- Miracle of the Mobile World

A few years ago, I would only dream about the scenario I had just gotten through. I think it's really enlightening when some of your idle 'what-ifs' would come true someday. And up to now, thanks to the miracle that is affordable wireless broadband Internet, I am able to get online and be part of the global community literally wherever I am within wireless signal strength. And in the country like the Philippines, that's practically *everywhere*.

I can't share a lot about what specifics happened that required me after having dinner with a handful of officemates to get online as soon as possible. But what I can share is that I didn't have to look for a single wired Internet connection to get online. In a matter of minutes, I was up -- the mobile person that I am -- and literally engaging a team of people both just a few kilometers away and half the world away. Everybody in the team was within reach of each others' fingertips, it's bone chilling to think how small the world has really become.

It doesn't stop there though. I have written about the SMART BRO Prepaid wireless broadband Internet over HSDPA/3G/EGDE/GPRS -- but I never thought how it would transform the way I thought about mobility and productivity. I'm literally lying in bed right now writing this blog entry -- and with the same means I can go anywhere I can get an HSDPA connection or 3G signal going and be as online as I am on my bed. It's amazing really to think that because of these new technologies, solving problems becomes easier, and you get to do more things almost wherever you are and at almost anytime you dare. A few years ago (think year 2000) this would not have been possible -- but look at where we are now and what the possibilities are.

With this thought, I really think getting this technology in the hands of more and more people will only enable more people to be more productive in the global scale. Think about the person in the province who would be able to get access to timely, relevant, and correct information regarding things like health care, the weather, technology, business, other people's lives, etc; about the student who could get access to the same books that the universities in first world countries have access to, the same technology Fortune 500 companies use, the same knowledge Ph.D. students and teachers have access to; about the communication between family and friends enabled by bridging the distance gap through technology...

What this technology enables us people in the third world to have is essentially an affordable way to get connected to the global arena that is the Internet. It really doesn't matter if it's for personal improvement, due to a job requirement, or just for fun. It puts us on a level playing field alongside everybody else in the world. Realizing this can change the way we think about progress and development. Leveraging it will be the key to our collective success.

So if you are ever going to invest your money in something, make it knowledge and technology. Yes, it's a cliche that knowledge is power -- but power is useless without leverage. You're only as effective as the tools you use and as productive as your imagination and capabilities allow you to be. Once you start equipping yourself with the knowledge and power that comes with this knowledge, leverage it with technology to reach out to the world and be part of the global connection.

A few thousand pesos for a device that allows you for a few extra pesos to get online and get access to information and communicate with the world? Think of what you can learn, and what you can do, and what you can produce not just for you but for everybody else. Think of the possibilities then start doing something.

I don't remember where I read it, but truly the Internet is the world's great big equalizer. And getting on the Internet while you're anywhere? Then that makes it simply amazing.



Popular posts from this blog

Appreciating Rizal...

Nope, this is not an academic post. More of a reflective and wrote-because-i-was-enlightened type post. Anyway, I just passed a paper on Rizal's notion of a nation according to Quibuyen (a local writer who devoted a book -- A Nation Aborted -- on his treatise on Rizal). Chapter 6 was an interesting read, and a definite eye opener. Rizal all of a sudden became interesting, especially to someone like me who could care less. It seems that most of what Rizal aims for and wrote about is still evident in today's Philippines as I see it. I wonder why I didn't get to appreciate Rizal and his work when I was still in high school -- might be the fault of the high school and the curriculum, or might be because I was still considerably immature then. I wasn't able to understand most of Rizal's writings though even if I got to reading them basically because they translated from Spanish to Filipino/Tagalog. I don't have problems with Tagalog, until you put it in writing. I


Until very recently I believed that I needed to be on top of the latest news and happenings not only in my field (computer science and software engineering) but also in as many things as I can be on top of. This meant subscribing to all sorts of magazines, newsletters, YouTube channels, Twitch streamers, watching TV and live sport events, etc. — I was on top of a lot of the latest happenings, trends, news, interesting developments. I was having fun and I felt busy. What I did not feel was particularly effective nor productive. I felt like I was consuming so much information with the thought that it might be useful someday. When I was younger this wouldn’t have been an issue but I realised that ever since I’ve started taking stock of what I’ve been spending my time on, that a lot of it I’ve been spending just staying on top of things that I really didn’t need to be on top of. This article is about some of the realisations I’ve made in the course of exploring this issue of “FOMO” or

So much for that...

I just came home from the seminar regarding my proposed load balancing algorithm. I tried to get as candid as I can, but still half of what I said was jargon -- which made me explain the thing in layman's terms and using more colloquial examples. I was wearing a black suit, (chinese collared americana suit that is), gray slacks, black leather belt (perry ellis), and leather shoes (by bristol). I'm beginning to sound like a caption to a fashion mag's pic, but I digress... So there I was, waiting for the seminar to start. As a speaker, I conducted myself properly and tried to get things cleared out with my co-presentors. I was asuuming that they knew at least half of what they were supposed to talk about, and that they knew how to speak in front of a crowd. BUT NO... I sat through two presentors, the first one reading the presentation of the projection, and then doing no explaining whatsoever. I didn't get that because she prepared her own slides, and prepared the hand