30 January 2008

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- In a region experiencing an oil boom, Bahrain has the fastest growing economy in the Arab world - Wikipedia

- Bahrain has a Formula One race-track, hosting the Gulf Air Grand Prix on 4 April 2004, the first for an Arab country - BBC

- In 2004 King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa introduced a project that uses information communication technology (ICT) to support K-12 education in Bahrain. The objective of this project is to connect and link all schools within the kingdom with the internet... - Wikipedia

- With its highly developed communication and transport facilities, Bahrain is home to numerous multinational firms with business in the Gulf - CIA Factbook

- is actively pursuing the diversification and privatization of its economy to reduce the country's dependence on oil - CIA Factbook

Amazing country, eh? It boggles the mind to think that a country on the scale of the above would actually be internetless for a full day. Yup, the internet was down EVERYWHERE today morning, probably for a good 8 hours or so, and we just got it back about 30 minutes ago. That's for people, companies, banks, institutions, schools, coffee shops, etc. The very small percentage of people who had Zain (MTC) connections were fine though, because that company doesn't totally suck balls. For the other 99.9999% of Bahrain, however, the internet ceased to exist. Yes, it was 1992 all over again.

Bahrain, the country of the future - powered by Batelco.


Maya // مايا said...

**pokes your nose**

PEeka boo! Guess who?! *giggles*

Oh my falafel-eating God! :O Please tell me you're joking! Seriously though.. why in the entire world was the freggin internet down?! :O

Btw.. I had no idea Bahrain had a Formula One race-track! Mashallah! :P You guys rock my socks. Wouldn't say the same about the internet though!


Anonymous said...

Seems like the problem is still on... I've noticed this in my trace routes:

2 28 ms 28 ms 30 ms

3 33 ms 29 ms 29 ms

4 34 ms 29 ms 29 ms

5 33 ms 30 ms 30 ms

6 26 ms 29 ms 30 ms

7 26 ms 28 ms 31 ms

8 45 ms 47 ms 47 ms if-4-4.bb1.JSD-Jeddah.teleglobe.net []

9 1371 ms 1519 ms * if-9-3.core2.LHX-London.teleglobe.net []

Seems like a problem in the link between Saudi and London?

rosh said...


Anonymous said...

Seems like it was a cut in a cable in Egypt:



And it mentioned in one of the articles that it may take 12-15 days for a full restoration...

Coolred38 said...

But hey...at least they made Bd101 million in profits...the reason they can make such a huge profit is because when my Bd 25 bill is 1 day late they cut me off until i pay it...which I assume they do for every subscriber to Batelco...they can keep us hanging waiting for line hook ups...for correcting bill mistakes...for restoring the internet...but we the paying public cannot be late paying the bill...I call the technological terrorism!(did i just make up a new term...lol)

Missy said...

it's still down. I think my dad has something to do with it! 3shan adres? LOL . ok :P

what was the problem?

ammaro said...

maya; ummmm... who? maya? yeah, we have great circuits and shitty internet. what to do?

anon; its still slow, even a day after.

rosh; i agree

anon; whats a cable in egypt got to do with my internet line? its not like the internet is one big cable passing through places. its a net. if it wasnt it woulda been called the interline

coolred; i like that. batelco; the technological terrorists of today.

missy; the problem was, batelco suck!

CG said...

dragging ones ship anchor across the seas floor is not good for everyone in Middle East/ Asia.

moon-light7 said...

This was annoying & all, I mean I spent a whole day without the net & I still can't believe it!! but I got to blame Batelco for it & nag about everything they do, which was a good thing :D I swear I had so much held inside for that company, I actually feel better now that I let all out!