SMullen at pathfind.org
Wed Nov 12 11:33:06 EST 2003
Gentlemen, join the crowd. I'm currently at the Addis office and have spent
the last three days meeting with Ethiopia Telecom trying to resolve what
used to be so perfect when I left last June. I'm experiencing this first
hand. The internet problem (or lack of it) is being felt all over the
country. They are experiencing a real congestion problem as they only allow
820 simultaneous connections to their access servers. This is currently
servicing the entire country. Yes, 820 for the entire Ethiopian population.
If you are lucky to get to one of their access modems, the next problem is
either their network isn't passing you through or you receive an invalid
username on the domain even though you have the proper logon credentials.
I'm getting mixed signals about the availability of a leased line. Folks, it
is extremely expensive around 2,200 one time set up and about 1,100 / month.
WOW - this is for the lowest 64K dedicated connection. We have been told one
month for the installation. Another person indicated that it wouldn't happen
for at least six months. I met with the General Manager for ET this morning
and he indicated that these access problems are short lived.
If you need anything from me, I'll be here in the country until Friday.
It's definitely a problem for everyone at the moment. And, yes - no
alternatives. ET is the only player in town.
Director of Technology Services
Nine Galen Street, Suite 217
Watertown, MA 02472
smullen at pathfind.org
(W) 617-924-7200 x300
From: Dykki Settle [mailto:dsettle at intrahealth.org]
Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2003 10:13 AM
To: 'Global Reproductive Health IT Support list'
Cc: 'Getu Kassa'
Subject: RE: [grhits] Ethiopia
Jonathan, we are using a great guy there, Getu Kassa. He came highly
recommended to us from Stan Mullen at Pathfinder and did a remarkable job on
our network there. I too investigated leased line/satellite options and
found that satellite wasn't available, and leased line took close to a year
to get. If you find out something different in your investigations, let me
know... Here is Getu's contact information..
P.O. Box 11454
Tel : 251 9 21 28 29
Email: Getukassa at yahoo.com <mailto:Getukassa at yahoo.com>
IntraHealth International, Inc /Prime II
From: grhits-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:grhits-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Jonathan Fulcher
Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2003 10:06 AM
To: grhits at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: [grhits] Ethiopia
We are having major connectivity problems in our Ethiopia office.
Do any of you have reliable vendors that you work with in that area?
We are looking into the leased line/satellite sharing options, and any
insight you have would be more than helpful.
919 960 5622
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