There must be massive personal Internet use in Indian offices and of course, the accompanying massive loss in productivity.
What other explanation is possible?
You see, Internet cafes are no longer as ubiquitous in India as they once were, dial-up is gettingÂ passe and broadband Internet subscribers are still a piffling 6.22 million (plus there are all the vexing monthly data limits).
Sure, some may access the net from their colleges and universities. But the official broadband subscriber numbers in India are still so pathetic.
So, where are Indians, who practically seem to live on the Internet these days, accessing the net and all the YouTube videos? Must be the office environment.
Well, for once I agree with you comrade, it’s true, it’s true!!!!
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I don’t see what the big deal is.
The one job I had that got me the highest amount of pay is the one in which I did the least amount of work. When I did do work, it was important and had to be flawless and submitted on deadline, but tasks were few and far between, so for 6 hours out of my 8 hour shift, I just sat around on the computer at my desk all day long reading news articles and blogs. I’ve done customer service jobs where in was paid half as much and did twice the work. It’s all backwards.
Off topic. Any reaction to this story, that is, if you believe it? http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/news/271325/Slumdog-Millionaire-star-Rubina-Ali-who-played-Latika-is-offered-for-sale-by-dad-Rafiq-Qureshi-to-the-News-of-the-Worlds-Fake-Sheikh.html
1. You wite: so for 6 hours out of my 8 hour shift, I just sat around on the computer at my desk all day long reading news articles and blogs
Please provide phone no, fax, e-mail and contact address of your ex-employer IMMEDIATELY. We’ve been looking for such an employer all our life. Will relocate at our expense. Will bring our own PC and Internet access as well. Even willing to ditch SI. Expect response asap! 😉
2. On the little ‘Latika’, well what can you say. It’s Incredible India, after all.
If a decent well-off family can adopt the girl Rubina Ali and provide her a better life, we’re all for it.
BTW, this morning on Fox News we saw the girl’s mother and step-mother going at each other on some Mumbai street.
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Hey, How does this statistics of subscribers justify or coorelate to usage of corporate resources for personal purpose by employees?
Look at this for world-wide stats and you can select any country. Subscribers rate grow in every country and I don’t see why it shouldn’t be in India?
You are confusing Internet usage and Internet subscribers.
* For a population of 300 million, the U.S. had about 62.4 million broadband subscribers (if you include dial-up, it’d probably go up by another 20 million).
* For a population of 1.2 billion, India had about 6.2 million broadband subscribers.
Our contention is that Internet use (different from Internet subscribers) is increasing significantly in India too. The younger generation virtually lives on the net.
As we said in the posts, Internet cafes are not as ubiquitous in India these days and not that convenient.
So, if Internet usage is high and Indians are accessing YouTube videos and movies like people elsewhere in the world, you need broadband access. With a mere 6.2 million broadband subscribers, people must be heavily taxing the network resources of corporations and businesses for their personal Internet use.
Plus, Indians steal a lot of online movies that they download and watch. Streaming of long videos like 1 hr or 2 hr movie is not feasible in India with the poor quality of residential broad infrastructure there. You can stream long movies in the U.S. with Roku/Netflix or TiVO/Amazon via the unlimited broadband here. So any lengthy streaming must likely be happening in office environment in India.
BTW, we think your link grossly underestimates Internet users in India (shows just 81 million here).
Forgot link in my post http://www.internetworldstats.com/asia/cn.htm
Not to worry…we added it to your previous comment.
My martinet employer has stopped paying for my 60$ cable bill(but is still giving my paychecks).. so I have switched to a 20$ DSL at 768 Kbps.. it ain’t too bad. but I can’t watch porn as efficiently as before..
768 Kbps? Oh man, our heart bleeds for you.
Here’s a suggestion to get back your high-speed 10 Mbps or 20 Mbps Internet access for life..
If you have kids, you can put them up for sale a la ‘Slumdog’ Latika’s father.
‘Latika’ was offered for Â£200,000…you might get double that or even Â£500,000 if you offer a son. You know how our desis love their betas and paiyas.
Go for it.
A High-speed 10 Mbps Internet access is anyday more important than a snivelling lil’ desi brat. Your kid might even thank you one day. 😉
nah, my kids may become Shivani Suds are reap much more than just 500k.. gambling that they won’t kick me out when I am old.
Wonder where Shivani Sud is these days.
Did you check my blog lately? I tagged you! 😉
Pragmatic Romantic (point #18), we just did.
Muchas gracias, seniorita.
Yes, It is the office.
By the way, I use mobile[GPRS] and broadband connection at home too for surfing..!
Mmm, I guess Pragmatic is the right word! Yeah well! I wish things were different, but its ok. Like I wrote there, I’ve come to terms with it.
And hey! Its my pleasure! Dont tell me you are going to let that lie, jus like that. Arent you going to write something? You could jus write here, you know… or maybe in a blogger profile 🙂
Don’t worry. There are many fishes in them oceans.
On the profile front, madi kali kunda (have nothing to say).
Heh. You guard your identity more zealously than the FBI or even the CIA. Sigh!
Mee pakka sandhu lo chudandi…Memu Telugu biddalamu (we’re Telugus).
#18 was stunningly revelatory.. best wishes, Asha Behn 🙂
SI, where is your list (of polyglottic(is there such a word) red herrings)?
En rathathin rathamana uyir-nanbane, ivvalavu santhegama namma mela (why so much suspicion). 😉