We will put this in at the last minute on the AfrISPA page in our Jan
edition, which we are printing over the Christmas period.
Best wishes to you and your family for a peaceful, restful Christmas. Here's
to a great New Year, with lots of progress in Africa's Internet development.
PS I'm attaching our programme for the year so you can plan your travels
hopefully to attend some of our conferences
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Eric M.K Osiakwan" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, December 20, 2002 9:57 AM
Subject: GISPA STATEMENT ON THE TELKOM KENYA FILTERING OF JAMBONET
GISPA STATEMENT ON THE TELKOM KENYA FILTERING OF
The Ghana Internet Service Providers Association
(GISPA) is concerned about the action and mode of
operation of Telcom Kenya by interfering and causing
distress to the business operation of Internet Service
Providers in Kenya; we are following the developments
with an uneasy interest.
Such adhoc mode of operandi is detrimental and a blow
to the penetration and development of ICTs in Kenya and
Africa as a whole. It also sends a wrong message and a
sabotage to our leaders frantic effort to attract
foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to this continent.
GISPA therefore condemns in the strongest terms the
action of Telkom Kenya and standby the statement issued
by TESPOK in the interest of Internet development in
Kenya and African as a whole.
We offer our solidarity to our colleagues TESPOK in
this matter and are ready to take the next step of
action in our co-orporate interest.
Eric M.K Osiakwan
On Fri, 20 Dec 2002, Brian Longwe wrote:
> Hi all,
> The dam has broken and the major ISPs in Kenya today
> got together and have formed a consortium to compete
> against current monopoly provider Telkom Kenya in
> offering Internet backbone services. Press release
> Telecommunications Service Providers of Kenya
> Press Statement
> For Immediate Release
> ISPs in Kenya have experienced difficulties over a
> protracted period of time with Telkom Kenya's Jambonet
> Internet Services. The ISPs have repeatedly
> to Telkom Kenya, The CCK and The Ministry of Transport
> and Communication.
> During the last week Jambonet have unilaterally begun
> filtering traffic with the effect that Chat sessions,
> Virtual Private Networks and several other services
> have been interrupted. This action has brought large
> chunks of Kenya's Internet to a standstill.
> Organizations, Embassies, and other International
> Organizations have all been affected. Telkom's
> have during the last week caused immeasurable losses
> Kenya's Economy.
> The current Jambonet Monopoly is no longer tenable and
> their actions this week are legitimate grounds for
> removing this monopoly. The Internet community is the
> body that has the technical and commercial know-how to
> operate an effective backbone and they have voted
> unanimously that they are not prepared to accept a
> solution being imposed upon them.
> The major ISPs have today formed a consortium which is
> creating an independent company that is applying to
> CCK for a license to operate a second International
> Internet Gateway and Internet backbone. This
> consortium will be operated as an independent
> commercial entity and will provide all ISPs with high
> quality International Internet Access. There is an
> intention that this company will in due course be
> listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange so that all
> Wananchi (Kenyan citizens) can invest in the growth of
> Kenya's Internet Community.
> We are appealing to the government to endorse this
> license so that Kenya can finally take its place
> amongst the digital nations of the world.
> Sammy Buruchara
> Chairman, TESPOK
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