David Lush of MISA forwards from AIA:
>After instituting the Autobank, the CBM has now gone on-line
>and customers linked to the Internet are able to transact from
>home some limited business, such as updating balance books.
Thanks for sharing that article with us. Most interesting. A few
I wonder, must customers be linked to the Internet? Or do they dial
up a CBM modem bank? The former possibility strikes me as
improbable, but perhaps the author of the AIA story has information
unavailable to me.
The AIA article continues:
>Only two media houses have so far subscribed to Misanet, but
>project coordinator Bentry Mdhluli says MISA is working hard
>to connect all subscribing media institutions and individuals by the
>end of the year. (Africa Information Afrique)
David, what is the physical link between Malawi and Misanet? What
data transmission protocol is used? Is that link available only to
persons with connections to the media? If available to others, what
prices are paid?
Regarding Compuserve, AIA reports:
>At the moment, a low capacity link is apparently available from
>the University of Malawi and is providing live Internet and
>CompuServe access to the outside world...
>South Africa's Council for Industry Research and Internet
>Africa, CSIR, provides Malawi and Southern Africa with their
>own local number links to CompuServe through the CSIR
>world network gateway.
Information available to me indicates the Compuserve link is
available on a local number to be sure, but the charge for using that
local number is reportedly about $36 an hour, on top of Compuserve's
regular hourly charge of $2.50 after the first 5 per month. By
African standards I'd say that line usage charge is equivalent to a
regional/international line, so it's somewhat misleading to call it a
"local" line at that price. It would more accurately be called a
local number link to an international line.
Is the AIA article author's information different? My data are
about a year old, are from a secondary source, and may very well not
be correct. AIA uses the word "apparently" which is a word I use
when I'm unable to gain independent verification of information. So
perhaps the author of that story has had the same difficulty as I in
getting info from Malawi.
Jeff @ Washington DC USA
[log in to unmask]
1111 North 19th Street Suite 210
Arlington, VA 22209 USA
Tel 1-703-235-5415 Fax 1-703-235-3805