Nemo writes from northern Central Park in New York City:
> Curious about the topology of internetworking in Kenya.... Are the
> ISPs leasing lines to connect to a single internet hub in Kenya
> (operated by KPTC?) or are they leasing lines to overseas hubs?
Better if someone from Kenya answers that, but my impression is that
they all lease lines through KPTC to overseas hubs. I don't think
there's a router at KPTC.
> In the latter case, do they interconnect?
Ha! The various ISPs in Kenya have a strong reputation for
collaboration! And it's not a good reputation. But then, isn't that
what "competitive" markets are all about?
> That could be a strategy for reducing cost. Two ISPs may lease one
> long distance higher bandwidth line, and interconnect via a
> cheaper local leased line. Not only would it be more efficient, it
> would double the peak speed of the individual user's traffic coming
> from or going to overseas, and also greatly speed up intra-Kenya
Agreed that this would be an interesting strategy for coping with
artificially high government prices, and it would be an interesting
strategy even if government reduced its prices. But none of the
firms seem that interested, except for some of the smaller,
non-TCP/IP service providers. I wonder if such a solution would
really make that big a difference for intra-Kenya communications, or
if it would really save enough money to justify the
transaction/administrative costs of collaboration.
Jeff @ Gaborone
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