On Sat, 8 Feb 1997, Dr Eberhard W Lisse wrote:
> What fascinates ME :-)-O is that Africa Online and ARCC and FormNet
> can EACH pay that fee to KPTC, plus the annual license fees, plus some
> fee for monthly Internet access on the international side, plus all
> kinds of other operating expenses, INSTEAD of pooling resources
> such as trying to have a joint backbone.
Yes, this idea occurred to us in EA quite some time ago, but it has proved
to be a tough thing to launch. Some of the problems were predictable -
doing things by committee was slow and cumbersome for a start. However,
after a lot of hard work, some dedicated members of the EAIA have pushed
the process through to the stage where the venture is legally registered
as a company in Kenya and is ready to roll (assuming there are enough
partners). At the prices KPTC are charging, it's hard to reach a balance
between having enough "sub-nodes" to pay the bills versus saturating the
line. The group was thinking of a 64k line shared between several nodes
through a hub company. Another very tough one was how member nodes would
cope with failure by one of them to pay for its share of the cost.
Anyway, with some legal advice, we have tackled those issues and are now
at least able to proceed in theory. It was an initiative started by the
EAIA, but is now in the hands of the participating member nodes.
(on behalf of EAIA)