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Tuesday, 12 August 2008

The neverending gateway saga..

Now Zain Zambia (ex Celtel Zambia) claims it won't launch the borderless 'One Network' in Zambia because the Zambian government has refused to deregulate the international gateway. This one will run and run.

5 comments:

  1. The backwardness of so called leaders in Zambia is astounding. Their claim that they need the international gateway for security reasons is both comical and stupid. Do they think that anybody who has the intentions of harming Zambia can do so on a telephone line? There are definitely other technological avenues for eaves dropping without necessarily owning the gateway. In the meantime all the other African countries are making strides in making their communication competitive and more affordable.

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  2. But don't people get the "leaders" they deserve??

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  3. Hush I blog Anonymously19 August 2008 at 11:13

    Definitely run and run indeed. As long as GRZ holds on the the monotony of Zamtel for cash reasons as opposed to a broadened tax base (which would yield more) we will dance this dance forever.

    Where are the real telcoms experts? GRZ must know that VOiP is alive and kicking in Zambia. We have advanced SIP servers all over the country that no body talks about connected to VSAT systems that are able to churn some serious bandwidth!

    We pretend would rather those businesses run tax free and deny legitimate telephony companies their dues.

    Mugabe closed his down so he could spy on his people. What happened: Nothing. Hint hint...

    Unfortunately people get the leaders they deserve. We take a man who single handily brought his county's largest logistical blunder as energy minister and entrust the same with our defence and security.

    We have struck twice. First with an uneducated populace and an electorate that does not vote on issues.

    Only educated people can see the appreciate the need for an open gateway and the need for cheap international calls. Only educated leaders can facilitate its existence.

    All our problems as a nation start in the classroom and from what I hear, kids these days can reach 7th grade without the basic three R's.

    CAZ we shot ourselves in the left foot. GRZ shot us in the right.

    Word on the street is that a Zambian Zain SIM will work in Botswana. Is someone lying somewhere about the one network?

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  4. ”Definitely run and run indeed. As long as GRZ holds on the the monotony of Zamtel for cash reasons as opposed to a broadened tax base (which would yield more) we will dance this dance forever.”

    The government is definitely considering selling ZAMTEL now. The statement given in Parliament last week was very strong in this regard.

    ”Where are the real telcoms experts? GRZ must know that VOiP is alive and kicking in Zambia. We have advanced SIP servers all over the country that no body talks about connected to VSAT systems that are able to churn some serious bandwidth! “

    I thought VOiP is illegal in Zambia. I heard something of this kind last time when Minister Daka said anyone found using VOiP was violating the law!! Bizarre I know, but the law apparently forbids it. Its clearly not working…

    ”Unfortunately people get the leaders they deserve. We take a man who single handily brought his county's largest logistical blunder as energy minister and entrust the same with our defence and security.”
    Lol!

    ”We have struck twice. First with an uneducated populace and an electorate that does not vote on issues. “

    Of course no relationship between the two. The second is a simply a function of the electoral choices available to them, and that to some extent depends on the system chosen to represent their voting intentions.

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  5. Cho,
    Voip is not exactly illegal in Zambia. The CAZ voip guidelines doc, policy, in essence says "Voip is permitted for use as a technology for providing a licensed service and not as a service by itself."

    So theoretically if you have a telecoms license, you could provide voip. You also need a license to use voip within a closed office environment, according to the guidlines which can be found here.

    Very strange policy indeed, when IP in many parts of the world has transformed the way we communicate, allowing all sorts of advanced services for the consumer while and bringing costs really down.

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