I will be visiting South Asia soon and wonder what the internet infrastructure is like? Do countries there have super-fast broadband, or dial-up access? Is the connection stable? Do they pay for every minute that they're on the internet, or is it ummetered? I've been told that it is dial-up and very slow (56K), and that connections can be very unstable and unreliable. Is it true?
In India, you will get internet cafe (or cyber cafe in local language) in even small towns. They charge Rs 10 to 20 (22 to 44 cents) approx for an hour of access on their desktops. Most cyber cafes have ISDN leased lines which is better than dial-up.
If you are visiting big cities and carrying your notebook, you can find wireless hot spots in big hotels and coffee shops. As always, you will find unlocked wireless access points from home users... free but may be not safe.