Broadband? You Mean Burukband …


A study of the global state of broadband has put the UK 25th out of 66 countries in terms of the quality and reach of its networks. The research for Cisco found that countries such as Latvia and Bulgaria were better prepared than the UK for next-generation net applications. South Korea and Japan continue to dominate the league due to their commitment to fast networks. South Korea’s government promised universal speeds of up to 1Gbps by 2012. Where are we now? At the “Below needs for today” section of course. Where else could we be with Internet Service Providers proudly boasting it’s “Best Effort” clause in the face of it’s customers. It’s a common term used by frustrated broadband users here in Malaysia referring the so called Broadband service as Burukband. Buruk in the Malay language means Lousy, Shitty, Dud … however you wish to interpret it, it’s universally accepted that its synonymous to FUCKED UP. I wondered, could we apply the “Best Effort” clause in our payment of service? Hmmmmm ……


6 Responses to “Broadband? You Mean Burukband …”

  1. 1 Marvin Lee October 1, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Haha… best effort in terms of payment – a real good one there!

  2. 2 BigMacky October 1, 2009 at 8:59 pm


    Let’s give that a try and see how they feel. Malaysian ISPs make me sick.

  3. 3 zzeed October 2, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    best effort that doesn’t like it’s even trying.

  4. 4 BigMacky October 2, 2009 at 9:15 pm


    Ok la, to be fair. I really think Streamyx is not doing an entirely shitty job. Just need to catch up with whats happening and being offered by other ISPs around our region. But if Singapore and Hong Kong, can offer 100Mb to its customers. Kita dapat 25Mb line pun jadi la.

    Been reading your blog

    So you go offshore? I got a PlayStation 3 kaki who also works offshore. We do team up for Call of Duty 4 whenever he is in town. But now, seldom.

    I see that you’re a Mac user as well. Good choice. But the wait for the much rumored Apple Tablet is killing me. 😦

    • 5 zzeed October 4, 2009 at 7:34 am

      i know it’s quite decent. i am subscribed to one myself. but everybody here need to step up lah, vs others countries, like you said. i thought at 1 time we were singing to the tunes of “cinta IT… sayang IT… ”

      I’ve been following yours too. We have plenty of things in common, it seems.

      Yes, I am a Mac user, evangelizing the use of it too. Ha-ha! I’ve had plenty of close friends and colleagues ended up switching to macintoshes.

      Well, they will come out sooner or later. The latest I heard is announcement in january 2010 and shipping by june or july 2010. I have a strong feeling of this because Apple is playing catch up in this segment. You know Apple doesn’t like to play catch up. They’re very much ahead of the curve in almost every segment they stick their fingers into (even retail!)

      • 6 BigMacky October 4, 2009 at 9:09 am


        Cinta IT … Sayang IT …. hahaha. My toes are laughing. No wonder Singapore’s Straits Times ran an article saying Malaysians do love slogans. It’s like, every damn campaign, coming up with a stupid slogan, logo and song is all they will ever do. After the launch, that’s it. Close shop. End of story.

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