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Orange's La Fibre is a master of Theatricality and Deception

I recently wrote about Orange's high speed internet services being available in Mauritius and the region where I live. I was excited about being able to watch a 5-minute video on YouTube without the latter dying on me because "my connection isn't supa dupa fast enough". As it turns out, this was Theatricality and Deception just like in the Batman Trilogy.



The truth is that when you phone Orange to request for their technicians to visit you for the upgrade, it may not get in the system. What this means is that it will definitely not be recorded in their system and you need to chase them like their shadow to make things happen.

Picture this.

I originally phoned them on Monday 30 November to ask that they upgrade my line. That's more than two weeks ago. The girl on the line, whom I presume works for CSL, tells me my request has been recorded in the system and that their technical would contact me soon. To ensure that I'm not forgotten (and mostly because I'm…

4 common Internet myths DEBUNKED

In no particular order. I came up with the idea of writing this post after a discussion with someone about the .tv domain.

1) .tv top-level domains originally had absolutely nothing to do with televisions. They were created for the country Tuvalu but have been snapped up in a frenzy by people who at once saw the opportunity of having a domain ending with TV. And yes, nobody knows where the hell Tuvalu is.

2) Shopping online is as secure as shopping in a traditional store. You just need to use your common sense just like you would do when shopping in Port Louis or Bagatelle. If paying by card over the Internet sounds super scary, sign up for a PayPal account but even card payment is safe as long as you are not buying stuff through shady websites. To eliminate these risks, do your online shopping on reputed websites only and when doubt strikes, do some research about the website through Google or Startpage. A simple search using "the website's name + reviews" usually suffi…

LA FIBRE is almost here!

Finally, after months of waiting and randomly harassing Orange employees, LA FIBRE, which I now consider Orange's flagship Internet product in Mauritius, is available where I live. I talked to them this week and they said their technical team would get in touch with me once they are ready* to upgrade my line. I am currently on the ADSL 1MB package coupled with a Netgear router I bought separately for Wifi (this is a long story which I may write about later).

I took another look on the Orange website and I'm going to upgrade to the Broadband 10M package for Rs 799 per month. It comes with unlimited data but only the first 75GB at maximum speed and I don't need that much anyway. I'm not a heavy downloader and typically use the Internet mainly to browse websites, check my email and occasionally listen to songs on YouTube.

Orange also has the MyT packages which include TV channels but since I don't watch much TV except for a few documentaries, I have absolutely no int…

The Mauritius newspaper L'Express has had a website makeover

And it's really slick. You can visit the new website at www.lexpress.mu. It's visually great and there's tons of things to like about it.


I however have two major gripes with it:

I now have to scroll down to skim through the headlines as the new layout means each article takes more space on the homepage.I frequently get errors when viewing the website on my Samsung Tab 4 which runs Firefox - usually unresponsive scripts. I also feel the homepage* is needlessly long and there are tons of unused space. This again lead to a lot of needless scrolling.

*Note: I'm focusing on the homepage because it's usually the only page I check to keep up with the news in Mauritius - too much news-reading is actually a bad thing.