Answer to Nemo Semret's Question:
"... does Ghana already have full TCP/IP connectivity on the internet?"
A resounding YES!!!
I am particularly thrilled about this. I just got hooked onto the internet
this week through Ghana's connectivity, after dreaming about it for 2 years.
This has made my joining AFRIK-IT.
One company took the initiative and got the connection for our benefit. Below
is an excerpt from their brochure:
"Network Computer Systems (NCS) is the local internet service provider in
Ghana. NCS is the trustee of the top level country domain gh and also the
authorized Local Internet Registrar for West Africa. In this unique
situation, NCS manages the names of domains ending in .gh. For example, NCS
will establish a user in a named company to be: [log in to unmask]"
NCS is also the local DIGITAL representative and has the requisite equipment
base and other facilities to support such a system. Although we are
competitors in the software and consulting business, I am very proud of what
they have done. It cost them a lot of bucks, though. They run a number of
VAX machines and Sun SPARCStations as well as DEC PCs with millions of
gigabytes of storage space for clients' benefit. I visited their facility
before spending a dime. I was highly impressed.
In addition to the solid equipment base, NCS also has to pay Ghana Telecom
US$10,000 per month for a leased telephone line to the UK for the internet
At US$100 per client per month for access, they need a minimum of 100 clients
to be able to break even in terms of the leased line. Annual registration is
$100. This is the case for clients who use a Point to Point Protocol (PPP)
connection to NCS and only have IP addresses at NCS.
Charges are different for clients who request a whole domain. They have to pay
$300 annual registration, $80 a month basic rate, and $0.15 for every kilobyte
of data they transmit. Some companies are already hooked on this way.
So far so good. I congratulate NCS and pray they get enough clients to
justify the project and enable some of us to be able to improve ourselves, our
companies, and our country through the resources available to us through the
aldon computer systems, accra, ghana
e-mail: [log in to unmask]