Mike Jensen writes:
> I assume you're not interested in North Africa...
I am actually. For mapping purposes, North Africa is of interest.
What do you have?
> How you are you going to treat the countries where it is a local
> call from anywhere in the country? (Ethiopia, Zimbabwe (also has 4
> POPs), Senegal, Tchad, Burkina, Gabon etc)
The idea came about as I was updating a paper I'm to present at the
African Studies Association, and as I was studying Mike's series
of maps located at http://demiurge.wn.apc.org:80/africa/afrmain.htm
Mike shows countries like Senegal as having nationwide access to
low-cost dialup, and this access indicator is indeed quite
important, perhaps more important than the presense of a physical
pop. But in addition, I'd like to show countries where there is a
physical pop outside the capital (or major city). A couple of
** long-distance access may require passing the connection through
more switches, and might reflect lower quality access (though of
course a local call through a poor local exchange isn't necessarily
any better). I'm thinking particularly of the case of Entebbe, where
someone there with a Kampala number reportedly still doesn't get as
good a link as someone dialing from within Kampala itself.
** a local pop may imply better local tech support and customer
We might later want a map showing places where customers can call for
local technical support. Malawi might show up quite positively in
that regard, since I see MalawiNet lists "agents" in many places. Do
these agents provide tech support included in the monthly bill to
MalawiNet? Such information is a bit harder to gather.
My thought is simply to add a map to Mike's very important series,
which certainly tells a richer story than the conventional "Which
Countries are Connected" maps. This would provide yet another
indicator of the spread of the Internet.
Thanks for the info, Mike!
Others wrote to me with pointers to web sites listing ISPs in Africa,
and I thank you all for that information. Those web sites generally
do not list the locations of pops, though one can hopefully
safely assume pops in the city where the ISP is based.
Below is my updated list based on messages received, with data
sources attributed. I'll assume Mike won't mind if I use his name,
since he provided his info to me in a public message. I'll use the
names of the others in the paper unless they ask me not to, in which
case I'll list them simply as a "confidential source" that I'll have
to verify independently. For now only the initials appear. Thanks to
all! More info welcome!
Jeff @ Washington
(First city is listed in parentheses)
[Sources are listed in brackets]
DRAFT July 2, 1998
Angola: (Luanda), Cabinda [MJ], Benguela [MJ]
Botswana: (Gaborone), Maun [MJ], Francistown [MJ]
Cameroon: (Yaounde), Douala (reported not in operation 7/98) [MJ]
Cote d'Ivoire: (Abidjan), Bouake* [KT], San Pedro* [KT]
Ghana: (Accra), Tamale [NQ, MJ], Kumasi [JC]
Guinea: (Conakry), Labe* [HC], Kankan* [HC], Nzerekore* [HC]
Kenya: (Nairobi), Mombasa [MJ], Eldoret [MJ], Nakuru [MJ], Kisumu [MJ]
Mozambique: (Maputo), Beira [MJ]
Namibia: (Windhoek), Swakopmund [MJ], Walvis Bay [MJ]
South Africa: (Johannesburg), elsewhere too many to list here
Swaziland: (Mbabane), Manzini [CG]
Tanzania: (Dar es Salaam), Arusha [MJ]
Zambia: (Lusaka), Kitwe [TH], Livingstone* [TH]
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