Sunday, March 30, 2008

Teach me about the internet

I just read this story (via valleywag) about someone wiring low-income housing projects in San Fran, so that now they'll have way speedier internet connection than even the rich folk.

It's been years now since we've been talking here and we agree that you've gotta have internet, I mean it's one of the basic human needs ;)
...but why is it still so slow and Nigeria, even in Egypt? Who knows about this web network thing - teach us something we don't know.
Internet in Naija should be abundant, free-flowing - more like oil and less like blood diamonds.


t said...

Glo Launches Fibre Optic Backbone
This Day (Lagos)
Posted to the web 17 April 2008

Story by Francis Ugwoke, Enugu
16 April 2008

In a bid to give the South East the best of its telecoms services, Globacom Telecom Limited has launched the Enugu-Awka section of its optic fibre cable backbone which it said will bring about enhanced data services and high speed transmission of point-to-point in voice telecommunication.

Ag Chief Operations Officer of Glo Broad Access, Martins Olowonihi told newsmen in Enugu that the backbone is a better alternative for bulk voice and data transmission for users, adding that it has immunity from thunderstorms which can disrupt services.

Olowonihi who said that the fibre optic was aimed at giving its subscribers the best of telecoms as could be the case all over the world, also disclosed that the company's fixed line network would soon commence commercial services .

He said that when the fixed lines services take-off, it would transform the under-developed fixed line telephony in the country.

Olowonihi also disclosed that 300,000 lines would be available in at least 13 major cities across the country during the initial phase.

He said that with the commissioning, the people of Enugu state and neigbouring towns would enjoy a revolution in voice and data transfers.

He said, Globacom's vision is to become the largest and most successful telecoms company in Africa . We will soon take a giant step towards the realization of this vision by rolling out services in some West African countries beginning with the Republic of Benin where we won a licence last year.

Enugu State Governor, Mr Sullivan Chime who cut the tape to declare the fibre optic/switch centre open described Globacom as one telecoms service provider which has made Nigeria and Nigerians proud.

Commending the management of the company for the giant strides recorded in the historyof the company's telecoms services, Chime said that Globacom is one company that has contributed in making telecoms services easily available to Nigerians.

He said that the company has shown serious commitment in contributing to the growth of the nation's economy through its services.

Chime declared the willingness of his administration to partner with Globacom in every sphere, adding that it was amazing to see the state of the art equipment installed for the optic fiber backbone.

Globacom (glo)

Max The IT pro said...

"...and we agree that you've gotta have internet, I mean it's one of the basic human needs...but why is it still so slow and Nigeria, even in Egypt?"

I've paid a huge price in the broadband realm by being in East Africa for the past 28 months. I'm soo addicted to high speed Internet that it isn't funny. Hopefully the 3 separate undersea fibre optic cables that will connect to Mombasa next year will change all of that. Then again, a serious problem here is infrastructure. Sometimes in Karen (a Nairobi suburb where I sometimes/mostly stay), the power will go out once it starts to rain for a prolonged period. Not good! And it's not in anyone's best interest that idiots (Telkom Kenya technicians I presume?) are stealing copper wire, melting it, and then exporting it due to sky high prices. How lovely!

Why is it so slow and scarce? Corruption has a lot to do with it in the sense that things are not truly OPEN. Telkom Kenya is so inefficient yet the government gives it carte blance when it comes to data access. So other providers have to pay some ridiculous "local loop" charge. I say we follow South Korea's lead and make every company compete on a level playing field. One other thing...both mobile phone operators and Telkom are terrified of cheap Internet access and technologies such as VoIP because it eats into their ridiculous profits. TIA: This is Africa.

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