At 18:23 +0100 26/6/97, Jeff Cochrane wrote: [...] >If a national telecoms operator enters into a deal with a major >multinational, is the inevitable result high costs for a narrow >group of elites? Is that what happened in Senegal? Burkina? I >hear they've got deals with major multinationals, and their prices >are remarkably low. So, is the fault with the major multinational >overcharging the national telecoms? Or with the national telecoms >overcharging its own citizenry? [...] Senegal is not a good example (and neither is Burkina I think) because there the TeleComs operator is owned by the multinational... Actually, the point is, and I think I have mad it often before, that we don't need outside "experts" to come in and show us how to run our lives :-)-O In order to provide Internet Connectivity you don't need to contract a company providing value added services and running things on expensive hardware (Suns). el -- Dr. Eberhard W. Lisse\ / Swakopmund State Hospital <[log in to unmask]> * | Resident Medical Officer Private Bag 5004 \ / +264 81 124 6733 (cell) 64 461005(h) 461004(f) Swakopmund, Namibia ;____/ Domain Coordinator for NA-DOM (el108) Vice-Chairman, Board of Trustees, Namibian Internet Development Foundation, an Association not for Gain. NAMIDEF is the Namibian Internet Service Provider.