Updated: 5/16/2006; 4:12:41 PM.

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


daily link  Thursday, March 11, 2004


Radio E-mail in West Africa: IRC uses a Codan-based HF radio email network, using Qmail and other open-source packages on salvaged computers.   "The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has one of their largest operations in Guinea, providing services and support to a population of up to 200,000 refugees quartered in many camps established throughout the country. I became involved with IRC when my wife accepted the position of Country Director for the program in the summer of 2001.  ..

The current result of our own Radio E-mail project is that we are now serving mail to over 50 desktops and 150 staff in four offices throughout Guinea. The entire wide area network is serviced behind a single public IP address, at a total ISP cost of $150(USD) per month. Based mostly on existing hardware, the Radio E-mail project has leaped boundaries and opened dialogs for its users that were previously not possible.  Best of all, the system has deployed standard network and internet technologies throughout the organization and throughout Guinea utilizing the freely available, best of breed, borderless open-source technologies."    Reference is also made to MAFlink, a Christian missionary networking organization with HF, Satphone, and dialup services.  They operate HF email networks in Congo, Mali, Haiti, Ecuador and West Papua.

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