At 15:51 +0100 11/9/97, Dieter Neuvians MD wrote:
>Here is another response from an AFRO-NETS subscriber to the topic:
>My contribution to the discussion will mainly deal with provision of
>information to African scientists, not so much on regular e-mail ex-
This is also valuable to the end-user, the doctor at the disctrict
>1. Specific elements of electronic communication, such as the polling
> mentioned in one of the earlier reactions, and the non-graphic
> version of web sites to accommodate less powerful PCs, should be
> taken into consideration.
Not really, if you run the text mode or a textual browser such
as lynx it works as good. *AND* it's not the PC it's the bandwidth
that defines this.
>4. A lot of emphasis should be put on low-orbit satellite communica-
> tion and 'last-mile' connection problems in Africa
Why Low-orbit? Not at all, if we want to bring Internet here we
must get the regulatory framework sorted so we can use VSAT
and the like.
I have seen a proposal where you can get an incoming only
T1 (2MB) feed for 16000$US per month. As you are not transmitting
you might even get away without a license and then a 64 or 128
KB outgoing link wil make you very very powerful as most
traffic is incoming anyway.
>5. Discussion groups should not only have a strong input from south-
> ern researchers, but should be driven by discussion leaders rather
> than just stay as bulleting boards, which have the tendency of be-
> ing redundant after some time. The Malaria Research Network under
> construction on the Web Site of the malaria Foundation
> (http://www.malaria.org) can develop into a nice model.
I have looked at the site. Not impressive at all. Rather disappointing,
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