Neil Robinson writes:
> Surely you'll find no ISP in Africa which falls under those
> conditions. There are no free phone calls in the UK either, so isn't
> your standard purely American? Please correct me if I'm wrong.
Boardwatch magazine is the source. They calculated an average, and
suggested it as a standard by which new ISPs might prepare their
business plans. Their data were probably almost exclusively from
North America. But the standard is proposed for planning
purposes wherever the conditions hold.
If the conditions were met in an African country, do you think the
standard would be a good guide? The conditions do actually apply in
a few places, yes? I think it was either Togo or Benin where someone
told me there were no metering charges on local calls.
In other places, the metering charges may be quite low, hence
approximating the conditions. Suppose 1 cent US for 6 minutes, 8
hours per day times 25 days equals only US$20 per month,
considerably less than Graham's hapless $60 customer, and that
assumes they simply leave it connected during the entire work day.
Perhaps those familiar with line charges can offer us their local
rates. This issue is generally overlooked, and while I've tried to
collect data, my database in this particular area is quite
I don't know what the standard is under other conditions, and
Graham Matthews politely refused to enlighten us as to the number of
modems/customers/rateplan in Swaziland. Would you care to offer a
data point for the conditions that apply in Lusaka? Maybe if you do,
Graham won't feel so shy... 8*) The standard for a given set of
conditions might be more precisely defined to be the number of modems
required to avoid congestion nearly all the time during peak usage
hours for a given number of clients with a specified access plan.
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