When Jamaica A beautiful destination for anyone who wants to take a vacation and disconnect, for tech-conscious locals, the lack of high-quality, consistent internet access and gear is a nightmare. Jamaica is in many ways a technology desert: taking refuge in technology is not the main attraction for tourists, as it is difficult for business owners and residents to find technology.
Jamaica lacks technology because it is expensive to import – the process is long and tedious. Companies like Amazon do not send directly to Jamaican residents, so a prime account is used to get free and fast shipping.
Andrew Johnson, co-founder and vice president of the Jamaican Sports Initiative team, is a streamer. Johnson, like any gamer, is trying to upgrade his setup and improve the quality of his content. To do this, he needs a consistent way to get the same accessories and equipment that any streamer needs, but he can’t buy things that Americans or Europeans buy, such as high-quality graphics cards or webcams, unless he pays double the price. Available to him at all.
This problem extends to Internet access. The country’s primary service providers are Digital and Flow. They charge a lot for very slow upload speeds compared to ISPs in other countries.
According to Johnson, Internet access is generally better than before, but mostly for people living in Kingston, Jamaica’s largest city. “For those who live in the countryside, they can’t get a good wire connection,” Johnson said. “Their maximum upload speed is 8 Mbps. Introduced digital broadband and fiber. I have 200 Mbps downloads and 100 Mbps uploads.
To get slower service and weaker bandwidth, Jamaican streamers often go live before local time before morning and after evening, as off-hours are the best time for stable, reliable connection.
When it comes to gear and shopping, there are no big electronics stores in Jamaica like Best Buy or Micro Center. They may have big box grocery stores Something Electronics, but twice as much as Americans are accustomed to paying, and Jamaican buyers know it.
“You can buy TVs, and electronics, and from small local stores such as WhatsApp New, IntcomX, and Royal Computer. One person would be fine with buying an older model TV, unlike me buying an old graphics card,” Johnson said. He said he is in talks with local stores such as Royal Computers and Intcomx to keep a stock of gaming-centric electronics.
Then why not buy abroad? Many Jamaicans simply cannot afford that American or European value. The minimum wage in Jamaica is $ 175 per hour ($ 1.34 USD), which hopefully translates to $ 7,000 ($ 46) per week. The average annual salary is about $ 336,378 ($ 22,219).