The Internet is not so good in Panama. It goes out from time to time and I think this is because the infrastructure is not well done. There are times when you won’t get Wi-Fi and the connection is really slow. When we go home and everyone in the house is connected to the Wi-Fi at the same time, it is very slow. Usually from 6 PM to 10 PM, it is ridiculously slow and it is terrible. This doesn’t only happen in my apartment. I’ve experienced it everywhere I go here in Panama City.
Coming from New York, I am used to really fast internet connection and when I came to Panama City, it was the hardest thing to deal with, especially because I am a designer, so I need the Internet a lot. I used to call the internet provider’s care line, but all they could say was that it appears ok on their end, and that there is nothing they can do. They would tell me to pay more and I said, “Why would I pay more when I am already paying a lot?” They were offering me the business package, but I refused. I don’t need internet for my business; I need it for my house.
Then, I went to school and I was learning marketing on the Internet. There were only ten people in the class. I was surprised that there were only ten of us, so I asked why there’s not a lot of people in the class. And he said, it’s because of the Internet. They cannot afford to have a big class because if a lot of people use the Internet at the same time, we won’t be able to do anything. He was telling me how it was hard for him to offer his class and not be able to actually teach. He told me that Panama does not have the best infrastructure for the Internet and that is causing this slow connection.