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Georgian Internet: he who is born to crawl cannot fly2010-12-01 19:50
Georgians are finding more reasons to be displeased. However hard the authorities try to persuade the people that they live in the most wonderful and free country in the world, things turn out to be different in practice. Georgians feel week points at all levels: from high unemployment to the low quality of Internet services. The fact that Georgia is breaking two records at once is hardly a consolation: it has got the most expensive and the slowest Internet in the world.
No matter how hard one is trying to present itself as a well-developed western state that has leaped from under the Soviet iron heel to the sparkling peaks of European perfection, sooner or later one will have to part with the illusions, or life will make him do that.
Gradually, step by step, reality comes out from the thick curtain of delighted self-praising. It doesn't matter at all that the reality is virtual. It has got more resemblance to life than the air-castles built by official propaganda.
And now another drop has oozed through the leaky roof of the delighted rhetoric: it turned out that the much advanced and absolutely free Georgia has got incredibly slow and very expensive Internet. To be honest, it has got the slowest and most expensive Internet in the world.
That's a real blow to Georgian authorities' vanity underlining the ridiculousness of their claims of European chic.
Georgian users must be very resentful: even in Ukraine, which is also a post-Soviet republic, the Internet is considerably faster and cheaper. "In Georgia, the Kavkazus Online company offers the speed of 1 megabit at the price of 7 euro, while in Ukraine, a 100-megabit unlimited channel costs 7 dollars", - Business-Georgia portal is comparing impartially.
That's a sad fact, especially that Ukraine that has changed its orange colour to pale blue has turned off the way of wild Europeanization that Georgia is still following. Besides, it has made friends with the bitter enemy, a many-tentacle dragon - Russia. Still, criticizing Yanukovitch for suppressing various freedoms does not prevent the development of Internet-technologies.
Maximum speed of the Internet connection in Georgia does not exceed 10 megabit (about 1,25 megabyte) per second, the average speed being 1 megabit. That is the rate of the previous century, the more so, as the 1-megabit speed stated in the Internet package does not have to be the same. It can be ten times less.