I continue to be amazed at the degree to which improved Internet connectivity has brought Botswana several times closer to the States in one instant. Now that Botswana Telecom is offering ADSL service to anyone, web access is a lot faster, and FTP and Skype are now possible. Of course, faster access has an even greater impact on the ability of the MaP community to reach out and touch the rest of the world.
Packets still have a long way to travel, so it makes sense to have a backup strategy. I am able to FTP files to the Maru-a-Pula web site, though I will mainly rely on the Website Baker administrative interface to make most changes. Skype has the potential to make conversations with MaP staff from this distance so much richer and less expensive. But it may be more effective to Skype their phone numbers, in order to maximize the benefit of our fast connectivity and not overly tax theirs.
We have ordered the router that will allow the school to share the three Internet connections they have. Up to this point, they have used only one ADSL connection. I am curious to find out how much the perceived speed of access increases once they are using all three.