Afterword

ThimphuTech was the first technology blog in Bhutan. We started writing it in 2009, just as broadband and mobile internet started to take off. (Although internet in Bhutan was launched in 1999, it was either super-slow or super-expensive, and was only used by a selected few).

In the blog, we wrote about technology and food, but also about plenty of other stuff. The blog became popular and influential in Bhutan. A companion bi-weekly column -- Ask Boaz -- was published for many years in the Kuensel, Bhutan's national newspaper. (The complete Kuensel columns are available as an ebook, Blogging with Dragons).

We stopped updating the blog when we left Bhutan in 2014, but the information within the posts can still prove useful, and thus we decided to keep it online.

We thank all our readers.
Tashi Delek,
Boaz & Galit.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Domain names and the BOB prepaid card

Up until recently, it was all but impossible for Bhutanese to acquire domain names that do not end in the country's .bt extension, and to host their websites outside of Bhutan. But with the recent offering by BOB which has just launched the first-ever prepaid VISA card in Bhutan, the game has changed. People who hold the card will be able to easily buy domain names and website hosting online. (They will also be able to make many other types of purchases online, but that's the topic of another post). This means cheaper domain names (.com domain names run for about Nu 400 per year as opposed to 500 to 1000 for .bt domains) and cheaper web hosting. It will be interesting to watch if and how DrukNet, Bhutan's ISP, will react to all of this.