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, March 12, 2011

Phone directory moves online

"Sonam, sonam, sonam, sonam,..."
For 2011, Bhutan Telecom will not print a phone directory. Instead, a PDF version of the book will be available for download on the BT website ( Less paper is good. Also, finding the one and only Sonam in Thimphu will become a snap: searching a PDF is quicker than leafing through the white pages. (Quick hint: After opening the file with Adobe Reader, type Ctrl-F). But all this doesn't really help the majority of Bhutanese, who do not have access to a computer. They will need to either get hold of a hardcopy of the PDF file for offline use, call the directory service (140), or refer to an old copy of the phone book.

Now here's an idea for 2012: Directory of mobile phone numbers...


  1. Great. Will it have mobile numbers? Else the directory will be way thinner since many people have discarded their good old telephones!

  2. @PaSsu: I assume the answer is no, hence my closing sentence...


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