>>I think it will be one router each, not a modem bank. a thousand or more
>>individuals in Nigeria will want dedicated T1 links over VSAT, only if you
>>convince them it is a status symbol. Cisco better begin to run adverts in
>>Nigerian newspapers (begin it with ... what do people that matter most
>>buy?....) BTW don't demonstrate email, show them Video conferencing.
>If we can do the above, Nigerian will finance the project themselves! Who
>needs aid to do it! Certainly this was how the extensive Cell phone
>network was established?
You are very right. When NITEL was proposing the cell phone stuff, they
planned for about 1000 lines to start with. Of couse the cost was circa $2000
for a line. Requests were a factor of 5 over the install base! That was a
great project that should have sustained itself. During the last
Constitutional Conference, it was an offence for a cell phone to ring on the
house floor. They rang in hundreds and law makers readily paid the fines!
Recently, one of the operators, MTS was cut off the NITEL circuit, for lack
of remittance. Many subscribers were left to lick their wounds. There was no
warning, the plug was just pulled. Nothing to protect these subscribers.
Nigerians will use the Internet, just appeal to our sentiments and show us
how our home pages can carry pictures of mansions we have in the village. You
will see most houses have dual carriage ways leading into the garage!