At 10:50 +0100 11/9/97, Dion, David (AFCD) wrote:
> As I often do, I had contacted the Ethiopian ISP (if that is what you
>can call the monopoly service run by the national PTT) in advance of
>the trip through e-mail, and I had connected to their Web site (it
>showed the Netscape Web Server default screen). I asked for a "test"
>account and explained that FAO would be requiring several accounts in
>the following weeks through our project. ISPs in serveral other
>countries have given me a "comp" account like this right away. Nothing
>doing in Addis. I asked for application forms. No forms. I was told
>that, once in Addis, setting up the accounts would be a matter of a
>couple of days (as well it should be and often is).
Actually, setting up an account takes a minute or so and maybe
30 minutes or an hour to wait until the information has
propagated to the dial inservers.
Ethiopian PTT is one of the worst offenders with Kenya coming close
second. But then the regulatory problems have been discussed to
death on numerous conferences in which most stakeholders have
But then, This is Africa. :-)-O
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