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Old 31st May 2006, 01:30 AM
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Internet in Africa!

African IDNs anyone?

How do you establish a phone company in a country where there is no government? In some respects, it is actually easier.

There is no need to get a licence and there is no state-run monopoly which prevents new competitors being established.

And of course there is no-one to demand any taxes, which is one reason why prices are so low.

A host of mobile phone masts testifies to the telecommunications revolution which has taken place despite the absence of any functioning national government since 1991.

Three phone companies are engaged in fierce competition for both mobile and landline customers, while new internet cafes are being set up across the city and the entire country.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4020259.stm
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