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[AFRINIC-rpd] Academic IPv4 Allocation Policy Second Draft (AFPUB-2013-GEN-001-DRAFT-02)

Maina Noah mainanoa at
Mon Feb 4 07:46:43 UTC 2013

On 3 February 2013 16:58, Seun Ojedeji <seun.ojedeji at> wrote:

> Hello People
> Hi Seun,

> On Sun, Feb 3, 2013 at 1:28 PM, Dr Eberhard W Lisse <el at> wrote:
>> I don't have issues with my iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, Mac Book Air, iMac,
>> eeePC, Ubunto server(s) or BlackBerry,
Right, this students either studies and works and has a good paycheck or
his parents are doing very very well.

> Here is a sample of one person's gears, just to emphasis that 1:5 is being
> modest ;)
I have been quietly thinking through the communities 1:5 argument, but one
little but very important factor is being left out. The fact that NOT EVERY
STUDENT CAN AFFORD TO BUT ALL THOSE TOYS. I went to University of Dar es
salaam last week to just study the environment and internet usage at the
campus as my curiosity stemmed from this very 1:5 argument, and guess what,
most students can;t even afford to own Laptops. Funny thing is the % of
students who actually have the Steve Jobs toys are like 10% because they
can even afford them. The Private students only get School Fees from their
parents and those on Government loans can hardly afford a personal laptop.
Most of them share laptops haaah. On the issue of phones, there are no
campus wide wireless networks and thus most students with smartphones are
using 3G services from the Telecom companies.

This is a case for one specific HEI in Tanzania and now how about the rest
of the continents and in other countries. Let us be realistic and stop
assuming and basing our arguments on some few specific institutions and
rich students.

> Cheers!
My 2 cents,

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