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.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Upcoming 3G frequency change (action required)

There are five standard frequencies used around the world for mobile broadband services (3G/UMTS): 850, 900, 1700, 1900, and 2100 MHz. Different phones and data cards support different subsets of these frequencies, and you always need to make sure that the device you use supports the frequency used by the mobile operator.

Here's a list of the frequencies used in different countries.

On November 30, Bhutan Telecom is changing the frequency of the 3G data services from 2100 MHz (used by most countries) to 850 MHz, in order to "improve 3G services coverage".

To guarantee a smooth transition, make sure your data card or smartphone supports 850 MHz.

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