The problem with LinkedIn

I used to admire LinkedIn. It served a purpose, had a solid business model and meant recruiters could easily find me and contact me. LinkedIn had the amazing advantage of doing three things that could seemed contradictory at first glance but worked in its unique ecosystem:
Provide me with a convenient place to host my resumeAllow me to contact recruiters and peersDo so without being an addictive platform like Facebook or Twitter (my personal opinion)
Basically, the sweet thing about LinkedIn is that you could just create your profile and only log in when absolutely necessary such as when you changed jobs or earned a new qualification. LinkedIn had a definite purpose and everybody was using it the way it was meant to be utilized: as a platform to connect recruiters and prospective candidates and to allow professionals to grow their networks and showcase their skills.

Then, things changed. People started using LinkedIn as a way to get in touch with key executives to sell their products o…

Emtel has launched its own fiber optics packages

Dubbed Airbox, the service is a direct competitor to Orange's much-advertised fiber packages in Mauritius. From my conversations with someone from Emtel, there are two main differences that I like compared to Orange:

  • It's already available where I live - pending an on-site test obviously but I'm fairly sure this should not be a problem. Compared to Orange which insists that their fibre optics will be available in November only in my area, this is a big deal.
  • All the packages come with unlimited data (fair usage policies of course apply). Not that I'm a heavy Internet user or anything, but it's still a factor.

Beyond that, here's the list of some other key aspects of Emtel's Airbox:
  • There are 3 different packages: 10Mbps, 20Mbps and 30Mbps, all of them with unlimited data. Of course, the key phrase here is "up to 10Mbps" and not just "10Mbps", but it's the same thing with Orange Mauritius anyway.
  • Each package includes a free fixed phone line with a certain amount of free calls to landlines per month. For the 10Mbps package which I'm signing for, I'm getting 60mins/month. Not that I actually make calls using my landline, but it could be handy.
  • An email address with 1GB storage is provided. Of course, nobody is actually going to use that but yay, free stuff!
I am currently waiting for the Emtel team to do the on-site survey and proceed the installation (which apparently takes 3-4 hours). I will post a review of the package after fully testing it.

Here's the video of Emtel's Airbox service:


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