Updated: 5/16/2006; 4:01:26 PM.

Digital Development
Communications and info tech in developing countries, especially wireless broadband and high-value applications

daily link  Friday, July 25, 2003

Internet Booms in Baghdad with Phone Lines a Mess: "The local phone system in Baghdad is a mess, with only half of the lines working and international calls impossible more than three months into the U.S.-led military occupation. But the Internet business is booming.   Since U.S.-led forces ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in April, dozens of Internet cafes have sprouted across Baghdad and more are on the way. Cafe owners connect via satellite in the absence of working land lines.

"This shop was a cafeteria supplying food -- sandwiches, pizza, fish and chips. That was before the war," Kattan said, pulling out a bright yellow menu with a picture of a hamburger on the cover. "After the war, nobody could stop us from opening an Internet cafe." "

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