Adrian of Sierra Leone writes from his new post in Canada:
> Question is why will the bigger ISP`s not advocate this to the
> government telecom along with a comprehensive suggestion on how to
> achieve low access and service costs and see the ISP access and
> services grow.?
I have a sense in some countries that the larger ISPs see high telcom
prices for leased lines as an effective barrier to competition,
allowing them to extract monopoly or oligopoly profits. Just a
> However, some of us feel that even if African Governments where to
> throw caution to the wind and open up, the current practice and
> partnership formed to provide Internet Access and Services in Africa
> suggests that Big ISP (ie ISP/Private sector Coterie or those owned
> by Foreign-based Coporate ISP) will not take seriously, a
> development route. They`ll go the profit route...as they seem to be
Excellent point, but may I suggest a slightly different terminology?
Let's say they'd choose to go the monopoly route instead of the
competition route. Both routes offer profits, though profits are
generally supposed to be quite low under real competition.
But if my hypothesis is correct, that large ISPs sometimes collude
tacitly or explicitly with the telecoms to keep costs and therefore
consumer prices high, and if the telecoms opt out of this cozy
arrangement with the large ISPs, what is then to prevent competition
and ultimately lower prices?
If a brilliant engineering student with lots of knowledge suddenly
finds he or she could start an ISP with line costs of only $2000 per
month instead of $14,000 per month, don't you think there'd be many
who would try? Maybe even you, Adrian... 8*)
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