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Date: Tue, 12 Mar 96 21:06:21 +0000
> For the NSRC database, could you please send an update about the
> current state of networking in UG, recent developments, etc. ? How many
> sites are now fully connected to the Internet ? And at this stage, who
> are the primary access provider(s) ?
Quite a bit has happened since my last update.
It now estimated that over 500 users have direct Internet access in Uganda and
it growing fast! The main providers are:-
Starlight Communication (U) Limited has been in
operation for 2 months.
With appox. 150 users on full IP over a 64 KB Vsat link via Norway then MArine
cable to Digex in New York. Starcom has also given acess to Makerere
University on a 9.6KB link -- really Mukla via Vsat to the Norwegian
University Network UNINET.
Mukla is of course the university network I run. In in the midst of a
transistion with most of our users still on Fido but a great many switching
over to full IP. Our mukla users presently dial into the the Starcom server
but will switch over as soon as our radio link is operational hopefully within
the next couple of weeks. Mukla full IP users are now 100 with another 200
still on dialup on either dialup fido or uucp. We will maintain the fido an
uucp systems in parallel with IP. The donation from Starcom is restricted for
academic and research users. We however will be running a joint venture to
expand usage for users outside the Kampala area to other parts of Uganda on a
revenue/cost sharing basis. Mukla has over 70 users in other parts of
Uganda and the in rest of the Eastern Africa region.
Infomail (U) Ltd
Infomail setup shop over six months ago and has now an estimated user base of
250 full IP users almost all in the Kampala area. Through a very aggressive
advertising campaign, Infomail has fast expanded expecially among the
expartriate individual users.
TransMail (U) Ltd is still a fido system off GreenNet in London. It has appox.
50 users mainly in the business community.
HealthNet is run by SatelLife Uganda, a Non Governmental Organisation
catering for Health professionals. It is base at the Makerere University
Medical School - Mulago and is supported by SatelLife Inc. of Boston USA
The protocol used is fido but will definately soon benefit from the
developments at Mukla being located at the university. Healthnet has also
an extensive expanison programme to the country side to link all district
hospitals. Collaboration with Starcom via Mukla is likely in all its
expansion. User base stands at 60 with another 15 at a satellite node in
Entebbe. A few healthnet users are IP either on Starcom or Infomail.
Very little is known about Infoma (U) Ltd. It is a system serving very few
users and largely on the wane.
There is a radio based system mainly run by a missionary group call Mission
Aviation Fellowshop (MAF). Very little is know about their user base.
These are really the most recent developments. Please let me know if you need
any more info.
All the best.
-- Charles Musisi