Graham Matthews writes:
> At the risk of being flamed from here to Antananarivo
On the contrary! Graham's news is welcome, though news had leaked
out before. I seem to recall the news being posted here before.
Graham should assure that his information is on file with the major
databases for this sort of thing. The one consulted most often I
think is with the Network Startup Resource Center at
http://www.nsrc.org/AFRICA/africa.html. That one is available in
text form as well, or can be reviewed using w3mail servers. A newer
one that lists prices can be found a bit closer to home at
http://demiurge.wn.apc.org:80/africa/ That one uses a web database
and requires TCP/IP interactive access (sorry, won't work with
> Pipex Internet Swaziland (64kbps landline into Johannesburg).
I presume the level of service offered is SLIP. Prices I show for
that service (3.902 Swazi currency to the US$) are 100 setup,
125/month non-commercial, 250/month commercial, 949 for a 14,4 modem.
Those are all in local currency. I think I got those numbers from
an announcement you posted elsewhere.
Then there is a charge for connection over the local telephone
system, collected by the telephone company, yes? .07 per minute for
dialup time in Mbabane, .28 per minute for dialup time in Manzini.
Again, local currency, and I'm not too sure about the accuracy of
Using these numbers, the minimum someone might pay to collect and
send a reasonable volume of mail (100k) each day by my estimate is
US$34 per month non-commercial, US$66 per month commercial. My
estimate includes connect time, including a bit of fiddling time
required when the system is unautomated SLIP.
Jeff @ Washington, DC USA
AfricaLink -- http://www.info.usaid.gov/alnk