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Hi all,
 
I was in Eritrea a week ago. I get regular request about connectivity there.
Here is the assessment for your information. I suggest those interested in
Eriteran networking contact
Robert  Van Buskirk ([log in to unmask]) for progress report on Eritrean e-
mail project.
 
Regards.
Lishan
 
Assessment of Networking situation in Eritrea
 
     Eritrea while rebuilding the war thorn infrastructure is also
trying to set up networking. Various efforts are already in place
to develop the infrastructure for IP connection. Healthnet,
EISAnet, Adalnet and the Eritrean Technical Exchange are all
involved in building local connectivity.
 
     Healthnet (contact: Berhane Abraha, P.O.Box 221, tel. +291 1
120877, Fax: +291 1 122899, <[log in to unmask]>) was
installed in April 1994. It is operational to date though there is
no adequate plan to expand its user base. An expansion plan to
cover health institutions in the country and aggressive
introduction of electronic mail to health professionals is becoming
critical.
 
     Adalnet is being run by Beshir Computec (conact: Beshir
Computec, P.O.Box 2005, Tel: +291 1 120343, fax: +291 1 120391
<[log in to unmask]>) is a Fido node supported by PADISnet in
Addis Ababa. It is operational since 1994. A one time a day poll
between Asmara and Addis takes place in the evening (both Eritera
and Ethiopia are on same time zone). The connection is often
unreliable due to bad telephone switching between the two
countries.
 
     The Eritrean Information Systems Agency (EISA) (contact:
Tewolde Gebreab, Director, EISA, P.O.Box 1141, Tel. 291
1118709,fax, 291 1 120650 , <[log in to unmask]>) a government
information and telematic policy and implementation organ directed
by the President's office. EISA completed a master plan to improve
the application of information and communication technologies in
Eritrea. The master plan also aims to build a Wide Area Network
between various government institutions. The ultimate goal of the
master plan is to develop a local network that can be linked to a
full TCP/IP connection. EISA is coordinating local networking and
IP connectivity in Eritrea.
 
     The Eritrean Technical Exchange (ETE) (contact: Robert Van
Buskirk, Department of Energy, P.O.Box 5285,
Asmara,<[log in to unmask]>) is the major service
provider at the moment. ETE is running a uucp link. A linux pc
server is installed both at the Department of Energy and Asmara
university to handle the network traffic. ETE connects to San
Francisco, CA (Eritera Technical Exchange, 110 Clayton St. San
Francisco, CA 94117, <[log in to unmask]>). The user interface is a
variant of uupc which is in the process of upgrade to more user
friendly utility. SNUUPM is considered at the moment. ETE connects
over 35 institutions in Eritrea and plans to develop the user base
that sustains full connectivity once EISA links to TCP/IP.
 
     Given the size of the country there is a general consensus to
collaborate towards a full IP link. EISA is considering a setting
up of another linux server for supporting the government traffic
while a new commercial traffic carrier is under discussion.