In a message dated 96-04-09 15:33:20 EDT, you write:
>> Are you serious? Most of rural Africa has no electricity, much less phone
>Isn't this a bit stereotyped view of Africa?
>Just about everywhere I went in Africa to regional towns there was
>some hotshot radio technician who had learned how to cope with very
I realise that this posting of mine has caused some controversary. Great! I
have lived in Kenya for 7 years. I am on leave in the ststes until January
97. However, in the development of a decent email system in Nairobi alone the
major problem was phone line quality. When our office sold modems to hundreds
of NGOs there was no reason to be faster than 2400 baud as the phone lines
were so dirty a 9600 baud modem slowed to that speed anyway. Now, that is
changing with the installation of digital exchanges. The problem remains the
wiring systems in place -- fraught with problems of dampness, trees knocking
them down, etc. (We have this antiquated system inherited from the Brits of
hanging 2 wire phone cable in slots) It was only recent that there was a
fulltime Internet connection where us NGOS could connect. (UNEP has had one
for a long time).
In the rural areas lines are improving. In Zaire, for instanse, a Christian
organisation Mission Aviation Fellowship has excellant connectivity using
pack radio modems tied into a cell phone network in Kinshasha. In nairobi
they connect 22 times per day from their hub in California.
Let's get some response from those members living in Africa, not just
visiting from France!
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