Adrian, Jeff, etc.
This discussion on ISP access and cost is useful. One very real concern
is Internet access outside of major urban centres and capitals such as
Dakar. Adrian, are you able to get any information on rural Internet
access in Senegal? Are there telecentres in rural areas that are
starting to provide email & web access? Perhaps others would like to
comment on rural Internet access situations in other African nations?
Are farmer organizations, rural peoples' organizations, etc. beginning
to make use of the Net? Can anyone provide some brief stories on rural
Internet users? Does anyone have current information on changes in
rural teledensity rates in African nations?
When I was in Senegal last year, Sonatel was claiming that there new Net
service would indeed stretch into rural areas. Apparently the Zimbabwe
state PTT and at least one private sector ISP there are providing Net
service to wherever there are phones (sparse #'s of phones in rural
areas, but a nice setup if this is the case). Are these examples for
It's wonderful that Internet access has finally reached most African
capitals. The real challenge (as it still is in parts of Europe, North
America, Australia and Asia) is RURAL access, together with a stronger
effort to provide BASIC TELEPHONE SERVICE to rural areas. Is there
anyone else on this list that shares my interest?
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