> When you think about it, in a technical sense, Kenya is really at
> the forefront of Internetworking.
Hmm, if I remember correctly, last month it was Botswana :-)-O
They have some few providers in the capital. Nothing outside, only
long distance dialup. Then they have this rabid HealthNet guy who
pushes FIDO to the detriment of development. Their telephone system is
a joke, they have digital lines but steam driven exchanges :-)-O.
The big providers are owned by US based corporates, the small
providers are just that, small providers with hacked equipment and
> Local dialups that I attempted in Nairobi were, depending on the
> company used, fast and effective, every bit as good as what I
> typically see in the USA, and better than almost anywhere in Africa.
Fascinating. Local calls are not the issue, are they?
> Not only technically, but in terms of market development, things
> seemed quite good in Kenya. There are *choices* in Kenya. At
But of course you did not set foot one step outside of Nairobi, right?
Have you *ANY* idea what is really going on there?
> every street corner is a pole, at the top of which are rectangles and
> arrows with the names of streets, plus a sign advertising the merits
> of either AfricaOnline, Swift Global, or FormNet -- ARCC doesn't
> advertise, I guess. Perhaps Shem is too busy providing good service;
> I heard nothing but praise in Kenya about ARCC service, while I
> heard quite a few complaints about some of the others.
Well, I don't know who you talked to, but this contradicts everything
I have heard, and seen (with my own eyes).
> So at one level, all is well.
You are kidding us, right?
> If you don't like FormNet, switch to ARCC. If ARCC prices are too
> high, government has yet to shut down ThornTree. The only concern I
> could unearth about Internet development in Kenya has to do with
> access. And since access is what I work on for a living, it is of
> concern to me.
I am starting to see your letters with new eyes, now that I can
compare this with some first hand knowledge.
> It would be nice to know, at a practical level, how the present
> state of affairs affects access in Kenya. As I was talking with the
> Kenyan consultants, we eventually got around to the issue of the
I'd really like to know who you spoke with...
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