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Date: 2002-01-24

SO: Somalia wieder online

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depesche 02.01.24/2

Genau zwei Monate, nachdem Somalia's einziger Internetprovider auf
Initiative der USA geschlossen worden war (siehe z.B. q/depesche
01.11.25/1) bietet nun erneut ein Provider Internetaccess in Cafes und
über Telefonleitungen an.

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Tuesday, 22 January, 2002, 19:14 GMT Internet returns to Somalia
By Hassan Barise in Mogadishu

A new telecommunications company has opened its doors in Somalia, two
months after the country's only internet provider and a major
telecommunications company were closed down for allegedly supporting

The firm, NetXchange, opened its business on Wednesday with an
attractive charge of 60 US cents per minute for all its telephone
calls, lower than the existing prices in the Somali capital,

The company is also offering 1,000 Somali shillings (5 US cents) to
anyone who receives an international call at one of its call shops.

The Somali Internet Company and the al-Barakaat group of companies
were shut down after the United States accused them of financing Osama
Bin Laden's al-Qaeda network.

Al-Barakaat also helped Somalis transfer money internationally - a
vital source of income for the families of many Somali ex-pats.

The manager of NetXchange, Mr Mohammed Ahmed Ibar, says that the
company will provide both wire and wireless internet services to the
residents of Mogadishu.

The new telecommunication company says that it has up to 40 call shops
and internet cafes with a total of 2,000 telephone lines.

New Bank

NetXchange is not the only institution filling the void left by the
closure of al-Barakaat.

This week, a new bank in Mogadishu, the Universal Bank of Somalia, was

The bank officials say that they are connected to 62 other
international banks in 72 countries, including main business markets
in London, Brussels and New York.

The bank has tried to avoid having enemies in Somalia by announcing
that it will operate in collaboration with existing money transfer


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published on: 2002-01-24
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