Friday, June 11, 2010

Not Plugged In

The Yahoo! UI team place Korea amongst the poorest performing nations on the internet.

For a decade everyone who comes back from South Korea has told me how advanced the country is in terms of technology and broadband availability. But this week has been a salutary lesson in how useless that can be in the internet age unless it's plugged in to the rest of the world.

Out colleagues at 1080Media have been covering the latest round of the World Match Racing Tour from South Korea and have found that comms within the country are fine, but getting a live IP feed out of the country has proven to be a nightmare.

This is ironic, since this team has managed to get decent IP feeds from remote beaches all over the world, yet has met issues for the first time in the world's most wired country. Being wired and being plugged in are very different things.