Since there won’t be a cyber cafe around the corner, it’s important to have a plan B handy for emergencies. For the serious remote worker that cannot afford to have any internet downtime, we recommend approaching connectivity in two phases.
1. Internet connectivity at the hotel
Most hotels and resorts offer free internet access to their guests. However, they are notoriously slow as smaller establishments rely on MiFi devices intended for personal use. Lots of local guest houses and boutique hotels use a 5M package, which can be fine as long as you don’t happen to have a neighboring guest using up the bandwidth. Resorts typically use leased lines, where slow speeds are less of an issue.It would be best to reach out to your hotel ahead of time and ask them to share the results of a speedtest. If you’ll be relying on HD video conferencing, you will want an upload speed above 5Mbps.
At Bliss, we provide a 50Mbps fiber connectivity, with data quotas defined for devices, along with generous fair usage allowances so that a single tenant does not end up impacting others.
2. Cellular Connectivity (4G)
The two leading cellular internet providers in the Maldives are Dhiraagu and Ooredoo. Several years ago, there was a considerable difference between their coverage. Today, they have both expanded to all atolls and compete primarily on 5G availability.Both companies provide comparable services for the same price: