In message <[log in to unmask]>, Bill San
> On Mon, 3 Aug 1998, Dr Eberhard W Lisse wrote:
> > Why, by the way, is HF radio so expensive?
> the radio's are very expensive and their perfomance is low, so the
> cost/perfomance scale lay one sided...
I did not ask why is a HF radio so expensive, I asked why is HF radio
so expensive (as in why are transmissions so expensive?).
Volume based charges can not be justified by infrastructure costs. If
the customer bought his own radio/modm that would cut the up front
cost by half, but I suspect not the packet charges.
> running it commercially means other costs like support etc (in
Ah well, support. Are you driving out to the customer in the bundu and
wiggle the modem cable's jack? And you want to be telling me that
would be covered by the packet charge?
> tanzania the HF Radio will attract a 100% custom duties -- no matter
> what use you put it to).
One time cost, see above.
> maybe it's a thing that will be best run by NGO's who is doing as
> by-the-way and are tax exempted.
I totally agree with you. But maybe not for the same reason. It takes
the profit margin out of it. Which in my experience in these monopoly
situations is largely influenced by the urge to drive a German sports
> There will be a question of sustainability and availability.
Actually, it's the opposite. If it is cheaper it will be more
Actually, I fail to see the necessity of charging by by volume. The
radio link is probably semi permanent (comes up if either side has a
packet) or permanent (both recivers listen all the time for packets
sent to them). This is ideal to charge on a fixed cost basis.
A 64 KB digital connection to the World's Best ISP's local subsidiary
:-)-O costs in the line of 1200$US per month of which 1/3 goes to
TeleComm Namibia for the rental of the NTU and their optic link plus
approximately 20 cUS per 64KB per kilometer. Eg a 128 link costs very
little more actually. I can either buy the router or rent it from the
Now what if (legalities aside) my ISP had a huge radio station set up
and I bought a radio/modem which I connected to my linux box, running
ppp to the other end hooked into a portmaster?
I'd not have to pay anything to TelCom. Just the monthly 800$US to the
Again, I fail to see the inherent need to charge by packet.
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