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Hi All,
 
I was in Djibouti (last week). Here is an update in networking situation
in that country for your information.
 
Except for VITASat ground station and UNHCR radio link, there is
little connectivity in the country. PADIS under the CABECA project
connected three users in 1995 to its host in Addis Ababa. Last week
I did two Fido installations linking them to the PADIS host. The
connections were very reliable.
 
Network development activities are underway in the small warm
country (temperature was over 34 centigrade last week and will be
mounting to above 40s in May). Two different projects are planning
IP connectivity to Djibouti.
 
a. Regional Telematics Network Services
b. The STID/IBM IP link Plan
 
     The telematics project wants to setup a national commercial
service providers in 10 countries that would help business to
access to Internet and other trade information. As I understand, It
was initially planned to set up high speed trade network in the
Greater Horn of Africa subregion based on a clumsy model. The
original model was altered (several times) to match with
developments in WWW (the original document do not mention IP link:-
). According to Deputy Chair of Djibouti Chamber of Commerce Said
Oumar Moussa ( P.O.Box 84, Djibouti, Tel. 253 35 10 70 Fax: 253 35
00 96 ) they are working on a tender document for equipment
purchase and for recruiting specialists. The initial test site in
Djibouti will be operational within next three months! then will
duplicate same infrastructure to Ethiopia, Eritrea and Kenya. The
project is funded by European Union of equivalent of $1.5 million
ECU. It did not sound to me that the project knows what happens in
other countries and globally.
 
     The Soci=82t=82 des T=82l=82communications Internationales de Djibou=
t
(STID) is planning to set up a commercial IP link. Abdourahman
Hassan (Head of Technical Division, P.O.Box 2031, Tel. +253 35 59
38, Fax: +253 35 0109) informed me that they have already got the
top level domain (please check) sent their engineers for training
in IP administration and will have the IP link before Independence
day (27 June 1996). He told me that users can get access to all
Internet services for 3500FDJ (20$) (sounds cheap). They will be
providing CALVACOM services (try http://www.calvacom.fr).
 
STID is lucky enough to be a member of the SEA-ME-WE1 and SEA-ME-
WE2 group. There are 5000 incoming and 5400 outgoing Submarine
cable circuits of which 138 being used by STID. Ethiopia is
subscribing to 83 circuit via terrestrial digital microwave link.
SEA-ME-WE3 is expected to operate at a capacity of 20 Gigabit.
Djibouti may act a s a connection center for the neighboring Horn
of Africa countries.
 
regards.
 
Lishan