At 0:51 10.23.1995, Roger Wiesenbach wrote:
>Communications Week 951002
>excerpts from article "Developing world seeks highway on-ramp"
>With two Internet users for every 10,000 Africans, it would seem that the
>much-vaunted Internet has made little impact in Africa. And the fact that
>most of this scant 0.02 percent penetration resides in South Africa would
>appear to limit the Internet's pan-African impact still further. After South
>Africa, the other "big" Internet countries in Africa are Egypt, with 890
>users; Zambia, with 380; and Tunisia, with 310, according to the
>International Telecommunication Union, which says user figures for the rest
>of Africa are negligible.
What does the ITU know of anything?!?
At the moment, Algeria, Tunesia, Egypt, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique,
South Africa and Nambia are on IP and there are said to be commercial sites
in Ghana and Uganda. There are several failry largish dialup nets out there
(Kenya, Ethiopia, Orstom etc)
The user figures are totally irrelevant by the way (other then the fact that ZA
has a much bigger IP net then the rest together).
>But what little Internet use there is has already had an impact on the wider
>African population, says Ashley Oliver, sales manager for Africa's largest
>Internet service provider, Pipex International Ltd. For example, the state-
largest IP provider in Africa? :-)))-O
>Meanwhile, the African Internet Forum, comprising donor organizations
>such as USAID and the U.N. Development Program, has been working for six
>months to connect its members to the Internet. AIF board member Rob Schwere,
Blah, blah, blah...
Fascinating that one can write articles about Africa without any first hand
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