At 2:49 PM 14/2/96, Jeff Cochrane USAID AfricaLink wrote:
>> It seems to me there's an incredibly small market for internet services in
>> Niger. Who would the subscribers be, other than an odd NGO, a few
>> commercial interests, and a few gov't people?
>Just a few examples:
>The Niger President's office presently (ok, before the coup) pays
>several thousand dollars per month to receive news clippings by fax
>from France. They could get the same or better information via the
>Internet, probably from the same news service, but by email instead
Told you so :-)-O. Just one Mercedes less and it works.
>AGRHYMET, a research center, wishes to transfer very large image maps
>via ftp, but presently uses a very expensive INMARSAT system. They
>would switch to an Internet service provider.
I have met the guy in Senegal, uses inefficient FIDO actually, very
>ICRISAT has a large research experiment station in Niger, and has a
>very large budget for communications. They expressed a keen desire
>for someone to offer them Internet access, and a willingness to pay a
>significant sum for it.
So why are they not doing it?
>> I really am curious to know how these people are going to make any money,
>> with such a small subscriber base.
>The assumption is that the subscriber base is quite small, and also
>that a very large subscriber base is required. My report from Niger
>documents that neither of those assumptions is correct. I'll try and
>put the full report up on our web site when I return to Washington.
If the three above and all small ones just joined and leased a line from SONATEL
they would be in business. The providers overseas are not the problem. There
are UN initatives such as RINAF which will provide ISP once the line is solved.
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