Greetings Afrik-ITes!

Menghestab contributes:

> Guess what the Ethiopian interent connectivity cost around
> 700,000US. Sprint was the company involved.

It would be good to compare the package offered by Sprint with a
complete package you might offer in its place, including all labor
costs, bandwidth, equipment and so on.  This might be used to
convince the Malawi government, depending on the numbers of course.

Would you say that the $700,000 was a bad investment?  You say you
could have set up a system for $100,000.  Is that for equipment
alone?  What was included in the Sprint deal?  What equipment?
Satellite access time?  What bandwidth?  Does Sprint guarantee its
work?  Is it a reliable system?

Sean adds this:

> From the press reports last week it would seem that the conflict
> between the government's desire to strike a deal with a U.S
> commercial internet provider, and the UNDP and other's
> (particularly Dr. Paulos Nyirenda at the University of Malawi)
> desire to ensure broad, inexpensive internet access from the
> outset, are critical issues for other African states.

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?

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