It seems the netiquette of AFRIK-IT is to introduce yourself the first
time you participate. I think I should do so too.
I am a graduate student at Michigan State University, Telecommunication
Dept., Information Technology Service group. I came from a strictly
Electrical Engineering with BSEE and MSEE. I am pretty new to this area,
and try to learn as much as I could, without too much to contribute yet.
I once saw a phrase from a text book by Dr. Yarlagadda (OSU, Stillwater),
it said:"...the most effective tool for world peace and stability is neither
politics nor armaments, but rather the open and timely exchange of
My personal opinion about telecom. in Africa is, wireless technology.
That includes: Satellite (LEO Personal Communication Network), Wireless
transmission (Microwave tower for short distance, cellular for urban city...),
CDPD for wireless LAN.... It may seems extraordinary for undeveloped
countries to have more advanced technology then developed countries. Well,
with the IT revolution, things might just work that way. With the vast
desert and lack of existed telecom. system, wireless technology is the most
"appropriate technology" for deployment. While the electricity must be
obtained pretty much thru. solar cells. In Arizona, there are some wireless
PBX set up using solar cells. Solar cells technology is very much available,
only the economic factors and policy issues need to be worked out. Which
UNESCO or World Bank might help a little.
There's this "knowledge gap" theory existed that argue IT only widen the
gap between the have and havenot. But, the rest of the world is having,
at least the havenot should catch up, tis my very weak argument. Whereas
on the other hand, the "gap" is a result of inproper behavior, not a theory
at all (I hope my professor won't see this). Knowledge gap? Then put
more weight on the havenot. Well friends, my belief is still very open,
because I know I am unaware of a lot of complicated variables to be
considered. So, I want to "observe" the list for more time.
Thank you for your attention.