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Our tester wasn’t hit by a train; but 15 others were less lucky

Ranmalee took this photograph of Supun Sudaraka, testing mobile broadband connections on the move, using Mobile AT-Tester, the family of test tools developed by LIRNEasia. Broadband quality testing isn’t a desk job anymore. We simulate real conditions. Unlike in case of fixed connections, mobile broadband usage is always, er, mobile. This was one of the many odd locations we conducted testing. We selected it because that’s where mobile phones are being used.

You may ask: Are you crazy? Who uses mobile phones on the rail tracks?

See evidence. Lanka Business Online reported 15 deaths of mobile users on the rail track. (It was only five for the year 2009) All of them were using their mobile telephones while walking on railway tracks, oblivious to the incoming train.

Anyway, irrespective of the quality, we do believe using a mobile phone on a railway track or even a busy road is not a sound idea.

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