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Re: Networking in Africa...
On Mon, Dec 02, 2002 at 10:24:11AM -0800, Joel Jaeggli wrote: > > On Mon, 2 Dec 2002 [email protected] wrote: > > > > > > > > > Hello, > > > > > > A friend of mine is working on one of the committees for next years > > > Supercomputing conference and noticed that, in the past, they'd had > > > participants from most continents but none from Africa. Does anyone > > > know of a good organization/group/etc which we could spam with our > > > conference notice and request for participation? > > > > Would that friend be so kind as to name more than a handful places in Africa > > with IP connectivity (multinational companies do not count). > > Most major cities in most countries have at a minimum ip dialup services, > in major metropolitan centers there are now large numbers of wireless > isps as well... One thing to keep in mind is that people that reside in Africa are large/huge prepaid GSM users. Take that and apply it to mobile data services over cell phones (3G and the likes) and I think you lend yourselves to interesting things. Doing bluetooth or IR to your desktop/laptop from your phone to get 128k+ speeds where there is no wired infrastructure but cellular will do interesting things to transform internet usage in these places and others that have skipped the wired telephony phase of "development". Take that in conjunction with the talks at nanog about ipv6, pigs and rockets strapped on and you will start to see some of the most interesting developments yet in the internet. - Jared -- Jared Mauch | pgp key available via finger from [email protected] clue++; | http://puck.nether.net/~jared/ My statements are only mine.