Saturday, December 16, 2006

Internet Cafe Rates on the decline in Mzuzu

Well people tend to paint a gloomy picture of the North but really things r moving in leaps and bounds although we need some serious infrastructure investments by government and private stakeholders.

Back to my subject matter the prices of Bandwidth are going down around the country for a good connection from us is around 220USD per month and asymetrical Bandwidth is going down as well thanks to better rates provided by our Internet gateways e.g Intelsat (Its the best), Taide and many more.

Mzuzu has had the trickle down effect especially the prices have gone down from MWK 50 ( USD 0.2o) min to now its ( USD 0.2) MWK 5. ( Rough calculations). This brings internet cost in tandem with other cities in Malawi.

As more organisations get dedicated connections for as much as USD 200 / month. It will really invite more innovation and more services at an internet cafe.

So Malawi is really making steady progress in the internet arena but at the same time we should make efforts to keep Malawian traffic local.

Reading this post by Victor Kaonga really made me write of what is happening in my city.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Y Do We Blacks Always Complain ?

I have always wondered of the misplaced hate/blame in this world one of it is the thinking
that the white brethren owe blacks something. As a people we tend to blame all the races of this world for our ills. Most of the times we are killing each other in terms of proxies or just pure ruthlessness.

If you read this article it becomes clear that we are our own worst enemy and if you come by a book by Chika Onyeani he sets examples which we see every day. " Capitalist Nigger". And only if we took 10% of the suggestions this would be a better place.

I can explain much more while our leaders are not recommending strong action against Sudan on Dafur the Americans and British are doin all the dirt work of forcing this Arab Govt to restrain its millitia against massacring innocent Dafurians. Nigerian Army alone can do the job with its own resources but papa Obasanjo is more concerned with his Degree I guess.

Blacks lets learn to value lives not only master eulogies and compensation claims. I never thought I would write this but some discussions by Academics leave me baffled by the approaches to uplifting the Black people.

Who has done more for Blacks GW Bush or Obasanjo ??? Tony Blair or Thabo Mbeki ????

OUCH !!!!!!!

Settling Down In Mzuzu

Well briefly I would like to highlight issues which have cropped up during my stay in this Northern City of Malawi.

PERSONAL NOTE: Well I have made a good number of friends and met some interesting people. Forged new alliances which really make me feel at home. Disappointments as we say are part of life but when a mate broke my trust it was really bad considering what we have gone through it really had me weak in the knees. The resultant effect is that am going to stay alone in a big house.

FAMILY SIDE: Its been a testing period am so fond of my mum so being separated wasnt cool on either of us. My sister had an ops in a far away land but bounced back real good you cant hope for more. My Bro was bogged down as well now he is recovering really good and he will be up and about soon.Restoring my link with my Bro in Mozambiques was a good thing the fact that we are all away from home can explain it I guess. So on a whole it really has been a positive year.

WORK: Well earlier challenges seem to crop up again in a region were ICT infrastructure is growing at a remarkable pace but other infrastructure is lagging behind the challenges are being overcome.My role as a technical support has been good and fulfilling. We are growing in terms of capacity in the officeand making the technologies nearer to the people. Although I can say my duties are going towards Business development plus Technical support.

God will definatelly guide me through.