> > Looking more closely at Kenya telecom's price, perhaps only about
> > $2500 of that $16,000 goes to actual service providers outside the
> > country. Does Kenya's telecom provide any services for the remaining
> > $13,500, other than the use of the air?
> I am inclined to believe that about half of that is paid to the
> other carrier. Indeed, when we used to pay $8500 for a 9.6K link,
> the "other" carrier (WorldCom in this case) was getting more than
> half of that. For the 64k, am not so sure about proportions.
Well if you have a big dish, like the 12-14metre ones most PTTs have,
then Intelsat will sell you a 64Kbps circuit for about $700 a month,
then there are the groundstation transit charges etc, but the total
can't be much more than $1000/mnth inclusive of both ends - so you can see
where the PTTs make all their profits....