Zain mobile data speed

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The first screenshot shown is from an android device.  This mobile device should be having 3.6 MB.  You will notice that it is only receiving a 0.11 MB/s.

The below screenshots taken at different times is from zains e-go device.  This device should be getting 21 MB but rather a 0.2X MB.

Check out the ping values on all 3 screenshots.

Could anyone who reads this direct this post to the relevant department of zain for an explanation as to why this is the case..


Internet CAPing in Kuwait


There was a time when KEMS was the only ISP in Kuwait.  I remember paying 40 KD/Mo for dial-up and unlimited bandwidth or connection.  At times I used to be connected for 2 days.  Anyway thats a different story.  So the ministry whips them, they loose their what ever is supposed to be lost.  In comes 2 other ISPs.  The ISPs are all hand in hand.

Kuwait is a land of about 2 million people, have ample amount of funds, to have fiber optics directly to US, EU, AU, JP, HK rather than routing it to UAE, KSA.  Internet connectivity should not be a problem.  Well the real issue is not the bandwidth issue, its more of sustaining the required bandwidth.  Assuming 100K people are connected to XXXYYYZZZ ISP at a single point of time and demanding 8 MB, the ISP is bound to have a downfall effect.  This CAP is just a blind fold, anyone can buy 10 HD movies and download them, that is perfectly legal. Then the issue is not of legality or privacy, its more of the bandwidth the users demand, which the ISP cannot supply for the prices the ISP demands.  If one takes the services provided in the US/EU to Kuwait, we have the most pathetic service ever.  Lets just assume British Telecom steps into Kuwait, the ISP will provide 4 MB for 10 KD/Mo.

The MOC is planning to churn out Internet Services themselves, via their lines.  They have laid fiber optics through Kuwait, it started 5 years ago, salmiya was the first place to begin with.

Kuwait is a leading player in the world, from the point of economy, she must have a telecom regulatory board, or does she.

To Celebrate The #Jan25 Revolution, Egyptian Names His Firstborn “Facebook“

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Cultural relativity is an amazing thing. While American parents worry about their kids being on Facebook, Egyptian parents are naming their kids “Facebook,” to commemorate the events surrounding the #Jan25 revolution.

According to Al-Ahram (“The New York Times of Egypt”) a man in his twenties named his first born daughter Facebook in tribute to the role the social media service had in organizing the protests in Tahrir Square and beyond. Helmed by now-famous Googler Wael Ghonim, the “We Are Khaled Said Facebook” page showed up within 5 days of Said’s death in June and served as a hub for dissidence against Egyptian police brutality as well as a way to disseminate logistical information about the escalating anti-government protests. Other activist pages like one actually called “Tahrir Square” cropped up shortly afterward.



A New Day

Man Names His Newborn Girl Facebook

A young man in his twenties wanted to express his gratitude about the victories the youth of 25th of January have achieved and chose to express it in the form of naming his firstborn girl “Facebook” Jamal Ibrahim (his name.) The girl’s family, friends, and neighbors in the Ibrahimya region gathered around the new born to express their continuing support for the revolution that started on Facebook. “Facebook” received many gifts from the youth who were overjoyed by her arrival and the new name. A name [Facebook] that shocked the entire world.

There are five million Facebook users in Egypt, moreso than any other country in the Middle East/North Africa region. Facebook itself has reported an increase in Egyptian users in the past month, with 32,000 Facebook groups and 14,000 pages created in the two weeks after January 25th.

While the baby girl could just have easily been called “YouTube,” “Twitter” “Google” or even “Cellphone Camera,” it seems like Facebook has become the umbrella symbol for how social media can spread the message of freedom. There are countless manefestation of this, the above graffiti in Cairo, “Thank you Facebook” protest sign, and Wael Ghonim himselfpersonally expressing his gratitude to Mark Zuckerberg on CNN.

I’m hearing that the temporary military government has even begun using Facebook to reach out to Egyptian youth, even creating a Facebook Fan Page page (here). The Ministry of Interior, in attempt to repair the image of the state police, has set up multiple pages. And while my guess is that being a locus of political uprisings wasn’t the original intent of the American college campus-based social network, somewhere Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has got to be secretly super proud.

Even though I do think the Internet as a whole should win the Nobel Peace Prize this year for all it’s done for democracy in the MENA region, let’s not let this naming kids after websites get out of hand. I’d hate for little “Facebook” to have to share a classroom with a little “AOL,” or worse a little “Yahoo.” Even though you have to admit, a girl named “Quora” would be kind of pretty.



Google Launches AdWords Blog for the Arab world

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Adwords is google’s goldmine where it gets most of its revenues, to those who do not know it allows small and midsize business to advertise on google search engine or via its Adsense partners’s websites using text based ads.

Google ads can be paid based on clicks or impressions, and they have greater targeting options because they are context aware, meaning that you can target an ad based on a certain keyword, to simplify it: if people are looking for Milk and you sell link, your ad will show when users search for the keyword “Milk” on google.

For the Arab world, google has introduced a number of features such as location targeting in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Now google has gone another step by introducing its adwords blog for the Arab world where its says users will get new features, tips and tricks and case studies.

The blog is in English and Arabic and would be helpful for online markers in the Arab region. And is another example of how global tech companies are using social media to reach out to their audience. However we wonder why google call’s it: Adwords MENA Blog in English, while in Arabic it calls it “google Adwords in the Arab world.”

This is the Arab world NOT MENA, most Arabs do not like to be named and coined colonial names . We hope google will rename the english version and keep its English and Arabic names constant.