Greetings Afrik-ITes! (Nice greeting...courtesy of Jeff Cochrane)
I think that Nemo's posting lays out a possible scenario for how
the independent commercial entities would lay out these Internet
services. And it seems that there would be a natural blossoming
of the commercial entities around the densely populated areas,
where such services would indeed be able to be sustained as businesses.
So the logical question that I came to and, it may indeed be obvious
to everyone else what the answer is, is why have they not materialized ?
I would imagine that if there is such a demand for services, why has
commercial entity not started providing these services. I am sure that
the Ethiopian Internet Service provider, i.e. the PTT would still make
money by leasing all of the required telephone connections. They can
also concentrate in building and expanding the infrastructure necessary
to support the high demand for both regular phone service, as indicated
by Menghestab Haile's posting stating that there are over 500,000 people
waiting for basic service.
There also seems to exist an ample number of satellite link providers
could supply a high bandwidth link between the service providers
and the rest of the Internet. In fact I would assume that the PTT could
set up a satellite link for the ISPs.
On the other hand, I am sure that the PTT/Ethiopian Government could
institute a policy that the ISP's would have to also provide
entities like the universities and colleges, with subsidized Internet
so that the use of these services would also be made available for the
outlined by Jeff's original message.