An interesting addendum to this topic :
I (Global One SA) hold the .mw domain for Malawi. I have had frantic phone
calls etc asking me not to give the domain to the Malawi.net project.
consultation, I've decided that I personally cannot do anything to stop the
from being taken by them. In fact, although the Universities of Malawi do
a reasonable complaint, the two deciding factors are :
1. Malawi.net can handle the domain from a technical viewpoint.
2. The Malawian Government (represented by malawi.net) have the legal
to the domain.
From: Jeff Cochrane <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Date: Thursday, June 26, 1997 11:42 PM
Subject: National Telecoms Deals [WAS Re: Ebbs and flows of IT-Africa]
>> Guess what the Ethiopian interent connectivity cost around
>> 700,000US. Sprint was the company involved.
>It would be good to compare the package offered by Sprint with a
>complete package you might offer in its place, including all labor
>costs, bandwidth, equipment and so on. This might be used to
>convince the Malawi government, depending on the numbers of course.
>Would you say that the $700,000 was a bad investment? You say you
>could have set up a system for $100,000. Is that for equipment
>alone? What was included in the Sprint deal? What equipment?
>Satellite access time? What bandwidth? Does Sprint guarantee its
>work? Is it a reliable system?
>Sean adds this:
>> From the press reports last week it would seem that the conflict
>> between the government's desire to strike a deal with a U.S
>> commercial internet provider, and the UNDP and other's
>> (particularly Dr. Paulos Nyirenda at the University of Malawi)
>> desire to ensure broad, inexpensive internet access from the
>> outset, are critical issues for other African states.
>If a national telecoms operator enters into a deal with a major
>multinational, is the inevitable result high costs for a narrow
>group of elites? Is that what happened in Senegal? Burkina? I
>hear they've got deals with major multinationals, and their prices
>are remarkably low. So, is the fault with the major multinational
>overcharging the national telecoms? Or with the national telecoms
>overcharging its own citizenry?
>Jeff @ Washington
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