[kictanet] Faith in local web hosting

robert yawe robertyawe at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Dec 11 13:28:01 EAT 2007

Hi Brian,

As you rightfully indicate in your post you are coming in late on this discussion, this is the problem with a mailing list unlike a blog or forum the history of a discussion is not maintained.

Thus just to get us on the same page your arguments are actually in support of my position, which is that we need to develop local content and hosting capacity as well are reliable country wide connectivity before the arrival of the fiber optic marine cable.

The road analogy was to explain my point that the cable is a highway which needs to arrive when we have already created linkages to the rest of the country and not what we seem to be doing which is waiting for the marine cable as the panaceas to all our slow internet issues.

You do bring an interested issue in your point on the objective of the roads as a means to cart off our resources, could the fiber optic cable be a modern approach to the same?

Robert Yawe
KAY System Technologies Ltd
Phoenix House, 6th Floor
P O Box 55806 Nairobi, 00200
Tel: +254722511225

----- Original Message ----
From: brian <brian at caret.net>
To: robert yawe <robertyawe at yahoo.co.uk>
Cc: KICTAnet ICT Policy Discussions <kictanet at lists.kictanet.or.ke>; info at mediacorp.co.ke
Sent: Tuesday, 11 December, 2007 1:44:53 AM
Subject: Re: [kictanet] Faith in local web hosting

I am coming late to this debate .... more follows:

On Wed, 5 Dec 2007 06:03:46 +0000 (GMT), robert yawe
 <robertyawe at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> Your analogy of a Road from Mwea to Kericho is an interesting one, if
> have noticed all roads have led to Nairobi for many years it is only
> those satellite locations have grown sufficient traffic through
> that we have developed direct linkages.  A case in point is the road
> connecting from Machakos to Thika, Kitengela to Rongai, and the now
> constructed Njambini Road.
> Why didn't we develop this roads at independence? 

I differ strongly on this. Most roads in Africa were built to support
 the largely extractive industrial practices of colonial masters and the
 post-independence regimes which turned a blind eye to the economic
 pillage of our countries. Most of these roads are what we continue to
 re-carpet, repair and depend on for our basic transport. Same applies to
 telecommunications and other major infrastructure.

Any new infrastructure in an African country, be it a road, an airline
 route or an optic fibre cable needs to be thought out from a fresh
 standpoint and a mindset that leans towards building internal capacity or
 providing the platform/environment/atmosphere for local/internal
 capacity to be built.

I have elaborated on this in an AfrISPA position paper - "One Voice - A
 VOIP Position Paper" while Mucheru has highlighted the market
 structure and regulatory regimes to support African country's emergent and
 blossoming ICT sectors in another AfrISPA position paper entitled "The
 Rules of Engagement" Copies of these papers can be availed freely upon


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