On Tue, 17 Nov 1998, Adrian Labor wrote:
> What happened to the Email Service, ISP and Internet Access Initiatives in
> Kinshasa and Brazzaville?
As you probably know, the ORSTOM uucp node was destroyed by armed gangs in
early '94, and nothing was ever reestablished. A few months ago, we were
contacted by someone teaching at the national university - Marien Ngouabi,
about providing a uucp feed to the university. But it never got off the
ground, and have not heard anything concrete about any other efforts
there. The guy who contacted us said that the PTT has been talking about
setting up an IP link, but have not heard of any packets moving yet.
As for Kinshasa, a Belgian/Swiss effort set up a 64k link in Oct-Nov '96.
It was shut off and equipment was returned to Belgium during the upheaval
that brought down Mobutu, but it has been operational again for quite a
while now. It's now known as Inter-Connect. See www.ic.cd or trace to
ns.ic.cd. Few locals can afford to use it as it's quite expensive - $118
for 10 hours of PPP dial-up. You would think I was making it up if I cited
the cost for an unlimited use account - shocking.
Needless to say, penetration is quite limited, and it's mostly expats and
multinationals using it.
A CS professor at the University of Kinshasa contacted us earlier this
year explaining that the service was unaffordable for Congolese, and that
the ISP was unwilling to work with him to connect the university. So he
asked for assistance to set up a uucp feed. We've sent config info, etc.
Been difficult to even get a working phone line installed due to the
ongoing political problems there. So progress has been slow. They are
currently planning a small local workshop to teach a little UNIX and an
intro to networking sort of thing. I also shipped them a bunch of modems
and most of the O'Reilly series of networking reference books, and they
are now trying to set up some local PPP links, do some testing, etc.
The Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC)