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AFRIK-IT  March 1998

AFRIK-IT March 1998

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(Fwd) Re: [NYASANET] Malawian ISP banned from Internet access

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Jeff Cochrane <[log in to unmask]>

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Date:

Sun, 8 Mar 1998 11:51:29 -5

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Greetings Afrik-ITes!

A friend sent me the following, which may be of interest.

Cheers!
Jeff (somewhere over the North Atlantic)

------- Forwarded Message Follows -------
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 1998 18:35:52 +0000
>From: Chief Executive <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Re: [NYASANET] Malawian ISP banned from Internet access (fwd)

> <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask]
>X-To: Alfred Chinema <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-to: [log in to unmask]
>X-Mailer: Pegasus Mail for Win32 (v2.54)
>Priority: normal
>Comments: Authenticated sender is <[log in to unmask]>
>
>MalawiNet Limited is an Internet Service Provider operating in Malawi
>since July, 1997.  MalawiNet Limited is a registered private company
>formed from a joint venture between Malawi Posts and
>Telecommunications Corporation (MPTC) and USCOMNET, inc. (company
>registration number 4785)
>
>MalawiNet has no powers to establish a monopoly in the democratic
>Republic of Malawi.  There are other companies and organisations
>operating E-mail service and others are in web page development.
>
>A CompuServe Service running through the SCITOR network was shutdown
>by MPTC (the current regulator - Malawi is setting up an independent
>regulatory body) because of the lack of licence to operate Internet
>service.  Any ISP is required to obtain a licence to operate Internet
>service.
>
>MalawiNet operates in a local environment providing local support,
>services and developing local skills within the country.  MalawiNet
>will, therefore, continue to run competitively whether other
>operators exists or not.
>
>"mw" TLD is representative of country Malawi.  Registering a TLD does
>not warrant ownership and grant re-sale.  MalawiNet contends that "mw"
>TLD should be given to an independent body in Malawi who will
>facilitate Malawian enterprises, government or private and individuals
>to easily register their domain names on "mw" without paying
>exorbitantly and being forced to open services with "tarsus.com".  We
>believe that "mw" should be run and be hosted in Malawi.  MalawiNet
>has the skills and ability to do so.  MalawiNet did not deny access to
>Computer Solution for "mw" domain rather MalawiNet found that "mw" was
>already registered and was denied its administration and use.
>Computer Solution Limited has since July 1997 served as MalawiNet
>dealer connecting customers on Internet through MalawiNet.
>Additionally, Computer Solutions, having failed to run the CompuServe
>and E-mail service in Malawi, chose to open an Internet Cafe going
>through MalawiNet.  Computer Solutions opened accounts with MalawiNet
>to run the cafe.  By December 1997, Computer Solutions had accumulated
>a huge bill with MalawiNet Limited.  All accounts remained unpaid for
>three (3) consecutive months.  We fruitlessly held a number of
>discussions with Chris Morgan to try get payment for the accounts and
>maintain our business arrangement.  Therefore, in December we
>disconnected all his accounts on account of failure to pay.  We were
>willing to accept payment terms because of the special working
>arrangement we had with him (as a dealer).
>
>In January, his accounts remained closed but we observed that his cafe
>was still operating.  A customer who has been to use the cafe told us
>that the cafe service goes through MalawiNet.  We investigated and
>found out that Computer Solutions was using names and passwords of
>customers that were created by the company on our behalf.  We traced
>the traffic and traced some of the customer names.  We changed all
>passwords of the customers the company set up on our behalf and
>advised the customers of the changes.  Computer Solutions continued to
>operate through this fraudulent means, we had no choice but to seek
>court injunction on the company. This is normal business practice.
>
>It is the duty of the Anti- Corruption Bureau to investigate complaints
>even when complaints are raised by companies like Computer Solutions
>Limited.  Every individual has a right to be heard in Malawi.  The
>Bureau can only vindicate legitimate registered entities operating a
>genuine business within the laws of the country.
>
>Computer Solution seeks assistance to:
>
>1.      Protect the "mw" TLD from hostile takeover.
>
> We seek assistance to remove private sector ownership of a TLD that
> represents a country.  We believe we speak for all Malawians and
> Malawian Enterprises to want to see an independent body administer
> the "mw" TLD.
>
>2.      Legally defend ourselves (Computer Solutions) against an all effort
>to destroy our operation.  The only competition left.
>
> Computer Solution is not the only competition left. .  To claim to
>be the only competition left is an overstatement.  There are other
>companies and organisations for example Epsilon and Omega, UNIMA,
>BUMAS, Integrated Computers, Burco and many others running
>E-mail and Web development, web Hosting etc, services.   Computer
>Solutions even though it is owned by foreigners has access to legal
>representation in the country. They can adequately protect
>themselves.
>
>3.      Seek guidance on general Internet Ethics.
>
> In light of the given true position above, Computer Solution needs to
> be given the advise of Internet ethics indeed.  All the company
> needs to do is pay up and continue with its normal day to day
> business.
>
>4.      Develop an awareness of the situation in Malawi.
>
> Indeed, and develop an awareness of the operation of businesses like
> Computer       Solution's and alert all ISPs of such occurrences to
> better protect their access.
>
>5.      Put pressure on MalawiNet to allow free development of Internet
>services.
>
> MalawiNet Limited is a private Company.  MalawiNet has nothing to do
>with allowing or disallowing free development of Internet Services in
> the country.  This call for pressure on MalawiNet is uncalled for,
> it would only satisfy the vindictiveness of Computer Solutions and
> condone their unscrupulous business conduct which should be
>discouraged in the Internet community.
>
>It may interest all concerned to know that in January Chris Morgan
>wrote inviting MalawiNet to buy his Company which he says is up for
>sale. He even made a conditional offer to give us the "mw" domain to
>administer. However when he discovered that we  insisted on him
>settling his bill before we could open his accounts, he  withdrew
>the offer and commenced this vendetta.
>
>Incidentally, he confessed to MalawiNet he would only support
>MalawiNet business and would not contemplate setting up  an ISP
>himself because he believed that there was not enough market for
>competition and that he supported the approach MPTC has taken to set
>up MalawiNet as a gateway to the Internet. One wonders why the change
>of heart.
>
>By the way those interested may wish to find out why he (Chris
>Morgan) did not succeed to sustain the compuserve service and his
>service going through UNIMA.
>
>Please forward the message to all who received the original document
>by Chris Morgan of Computer Solutions Limited.
>
>
>BESSIE SAIDI (MS.), BSc. Dip (London), MSc (Cardiff)
>Chief Executive                         Tel:
265-624 470, 265-826 201
>MalawiNet Limited                       Business Tel:         265-622 596,
265-622 436,
>PO Box 1698
265-621 538
>Blantyre.                                       Fax:
 265-677 848
>MALAWI.                                       E-mail:       [log in to unmask]
>

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