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Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 06:17:47 +0300
From: Charles Musisi
To: Bob Kambic , Rick Hughes ,
Ron Magarick , Henry Mosley ,
STEPHEN R. RUTH
Cc: Rick Sullivan , email@example.com,
Barbara Zirkin , Laurie Zabin ,
Steven G. Huter
At 12:39 PM 9/17/99 -0400, Bob Kambic wrote:
> Current status of computers, wireless, bandwidth available in Uganda
PC are widely available though prices tend to be twice US costs.
PII 400 MMX 64 MB RAM 4.3 GB hArd disk is the entry level specification.
This would cost ~ US$ 1600.
This is adequate for most user application i.e word processing, simple
database applications and spreedsheet work. Lower spec. PCs range from
US$500 - 1000. This would be second hand 486 8MB RAM 800 GB Hdisk type.
Most common brands include IBM, Dell and Compaq but are usually about
25% above the cost of clones computers.
Accessories like printers and consumables are locally available.
Printers range US$ 400 - 2000 for brands such as HP, Canon and IBM
Lexmark. in Laserjet and DeskJet/InkJet type. Modems, network cards etc.. are
Local Area Networks(LANs) seem to be an optimal way to avail computer
resources to many users. Key components for LANs include: network cards( 10 MBit/sec
speed ~$ 65), 10BaseT hubs - 10 MBit/sec(~ $ 200) -- higher speed hubs and
Network cards are not readily available. UTP CAT 5 cable(this is perhaps single most
A LAN would provide an inexpensively built mail & web server(Linux). Other
applications like a Web browsable database could be developed on the server too.
Wireless and bandwidth:
All major ISPs now provide wireless access using different vendor equipment.
The most common vendor equipment being Lucent Technologies WaveLAN/Point
Products, BreezeCom's range of wireless products and WiLan products.
Equipment costs range from US$ 1500 - 4000. Bandwidth costs range from
US$ 250 - US$ 1000 for 2 MBits/sec links. The IPH has been setup on
a 2 MBit/sec link using a BreezeCom unidirectional antenna and bridge
to one of the ISPs(Wilken-Afsat). Wilken-Afsat is itself on 128 KBit/sec
uplink / 1 MBit/sec downlink from its upstream provider to the East Coast of the
Infocom: Has a total of 378 KBit/sec uplink/dowlink on 2 separate Vsat
channels to the US and Norway. Offers wireless using Lucent products.
Bushnet: Has a sizeable wireless clientele on a 64 KBit full circuit to
S.Africa. Uses Lucent products too.
SwiftGlobal: Uses WiLan products. Has a small wireless clientele. Doesn't
have widespread Point of Presence around Kampala and other towns i.e Entebbe
Wilken-Afsat: Recent entry in the market. Has built market dominance for
wireless. Uses BreezeCom products. Can now inter operate with Lucent
products. Provides Vsat installation for up to 10 other clients on
128 KB uplink and 1 Mb downlink.
Uganda OnLine/East Africa Help Desk is a carrier independent provider.
i.e builds networks over other providers' infrastructure. Has dominance in
the university/research institutions/school sector where it serves over
different 20 institutions and the majority of departments at Makerere University,
and other smaller several platforms i.e Unix/Linux, Windows and MAC OS.
provides ongoing support and training, all manners of PC support and PC
refurbishment, an e-mail/Internet Help Desk over phone, e-mail across
the E. Africa region. NSRC provides UoL technical assistance, training,
networking books, donated equipment, etc. to help build the
academic/research networking capabilities in Uganda and the rest
of E. Africa region.
Charles Musisi, East Africa Help Desk/Uganda OnLine,
Park Royal Building, Plot 83/85 Kampala Road,
P.O. Box 12510 Kampala, Telfax:+256(41)254473
Cell:+256(75)707096, URL: http://www.nic.ug