India, Nepad in Talks Over Satellite Network, by Jonathan Katzenellenbogen

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

The proposed Indian network will primarily provide internet, tele- education, tele-medicine, videoconferencing and voice-over internet protocol services. It will also support government e-governance projects, as well as entertainment, resource mapping and meteorological services.
Such systems have considerable potential to deliver education and heath care to rural and resource-poor areas with the advantage of offering large cost and time savings.
Nearly four years after its launch, [New Partnership for Africa’s Development] is under growing political pressure to prove that it can come up with tangible projects to improve people’s lives.
The Indian proposal would see all 53 African countries connected onto the network through satellite, fibre optic and wireless links
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Source: Business Day (Johannesburg)