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Zimbabwe: National bandwidth shaping September 21, 2006

Posted by Jasper in Uncategorized.
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Here is something that you don’t hear everyday.  Internet traffic in Zimbabwe has nearly been cut off due to lack of foreign currency.  The satellite company that provide the country’s internet service has reduced the whole countries bandwidth for internet access until the outstanding debt is paid [from ZDnet]:

Government-owned TelOne, which owns the country’s main satellite Internet link, said satellite firm Intelsat had cut its international bandwidth because it failed to pay the $700,000 fee.”The link is slow because they reduced the megabits on our satellite link until the payment is made,” TelOne spokesman Phill Chingwaru told Reuters on Wednesday.

“We have approached the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe for foreign currency and they are working on that, but meanwhile there would be delays in browsing because of the partial cut-off.”

The Zimbabwe Internet Service Providers Association (ZISPA) said on its Web site that TelOne’s connection had been severed, causing an “almost collapse” of the Internet in the country. It said ZISPA would lobby the government to help it pay the debt.

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