UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA - AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER
RIONet Nodes in Africa

RIONet Nodes in Africa

COMPUTER SCIENCES COLLOQUIUM
Pascal Renaud
ORSTOM
Paris, France

PLACE: Room 2310 Computer Sciences and Statistics.
TITLE: RIO net an operational network in african countries in the south of Sahara.

ABSTRACT: The RIO network [1] was born in order to respond to communication needs of a french governmental scientific research agency. It is now moving into an international computer network. The problem was to link 500 researchers in 26 countries located in Africa, Latin America, southern Pacific and Asia. With half part of research activities, Africa was the most important area for this project and as a matter of fact network technology was nearly unknown there (first experiences of Fidonet[2] were begining at the same time). When the first nodes were settled, we had to provide to other organizations and at first our local partners, the possibility to have access to this new tool. Then bit by bit, in the same way that RIOnet extends geographicaly it also extends to new partners: NGO's, Ingeneer schools, universities... Presently, it includes about 15 nodes in 10 African countries.

Electronic communication networks offer a cheap and reliable solution to develop north/south relationships. They also contribute to the emergence of necessary transversal links for establishing a scientific community of southern countries. The RIO network links LAN (Ethernet, TCP-IP, NFS), of Unix workstations and of PC (DOS & Mac), set up in ORSTOM and some of its partners'premises. It is intended for researchers working on fields of development (health, food, environment). Very simple ergonomic interfaces have been developed tenable them to be use by people who know little about computers. It uses available telecommunications links (dialup lines, switched packet networks) with Internet and UUCP (g & f) protocols.

[1] P. RENAUD & M. Michaux : An operational network in 6 sub-Saharan countries of Africa and Three Pacific islands - INET 92, Kobe, Japan. [2] Randy Bush : FidoNet(tm): Use, Technology, and Tools - INET 92, Kobe, Japan.

NODES OF RIO NETWORK / Noeuds du reseau informatique RIO

Release 2 / November 1992


FRANCE (Main nodes)
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PLACE / ORG:         Montpellier / ORSTOM (central node)
NODE NAME:           orstom.orstom.fr
LINK:                Internet (192.33.151.1)
NUMBER OF USERS:     110
NUMB OF UNIX HOSTS:  12
NETWORK MANAGER:     Monique MICHAUX 
TELEPHONE:           (33) 67 54 75 10
FAX:                 (33) 67 54 78 00
POSTAL ADDRESS:      ORSTOM - 911 avenue Agropolis  
                     34032 Montpellier cedex

PLACE / ORG:         Paris / ORSTOM
NODE NAME:           paris.orstom.fr
LINK:                Internet (192.54.153.1)
NUMBER OF USERS:     108
NUMB OF UNIX HOSTS:  5
NETWORK MANAGER:     Pierre MALARD 
TELEPHONE:           (33 1) 48 03 75 18
FAX:                 (33 1) 48 03 08 29
POSTAL ADDRESS:      ORSTOM - 213 rue La Fayette - 75480 Paris cedex 10 

PLACE / ORG:         Bondy / ORSTOM 
NODE NAME:           bondy.orstom.fr
LINK:                Internet (192.33.152.1)
NUMBER OF USERS:     77
NUMB OF UNIX HOSTS:  15
NETWORK MANAGER:     Marc LEBRIS 
TELEPHONE:           (33 1) 48 47 31 95
FAX:                 (33 1) 48 47 30 88
POSTAL ADDRESS:      ORSTOM - 72 route d'Aulnay - 93143 Bondy cedex 


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                                    AFRICA
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BURKINA-FASO
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PLACE / ORG:         Ouagadougou / ORSTOM
NODE NAME:           ouaga.orstom.bf
LINK:                UUCP/f/X25
NUMBER OF USERS:     17
NUMB OF UNIX HOSTS:  2
USER ACCESS          dialup, X25
NETWORK MANAGER:     GIACOMETTI Arnaud 
TELEPHONE:           (226) 30 67 37 / 30 67 39
FAX:                 (226) 31 03 85
POSTAL ADDRESS:      ORSTOM - 01 BP 182 - Ouagadougou

PLACE / ORG:         Bobo-Dioulasso / ORSTOM - OCCGE - Centre Muraz
NODE NAME:           bobo.orstom.bf
LINK:                UUCP/g/v24bis to Ouaga.orstom.bf
NUMBER OF USERS:     9
NUMB OF UNIX HOSTS:  1
USER ACCESS          local
NETWORK MANAGER:     see Ouaga
TELEPHONE:           (226) 30 67 37 / 30 67 39
FAX:                 (226) 31 03 85
POSTAL ADDRESS:      Centre MURAZ - BP 171 Bobo-Dioulasso

CAMEROUN
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PLACE / ORG:         Yaounde / ORSTOM
NODE NAME:           yaounde.orstom.fr
LINK:                UUCP/f/X25 (9,6 Kbs)
NUMBER OF USERS:     18
NUMB OF UNIX HOSTS:  1
USER ACCESS          X25
NETWORK MANAGER:     Jacques MOUNGANG 
TELEPHONE:           (237) 20 15 08
FAX:                 (237) 20 18 54
POSTAL ADDRESS:      ORSTOM - BP 1857 - Yaounde

CONGO
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PLACE / ORG:         Brazzaville / ORSTOM
NODE NAME:           brazza.orstom.fr
LINK:                UUCP/PEP
NUMBER OF USERS:     18
NUMB OF UNIX HOSTS:  1
USER ACCESS          dialup
NETWORK MANAGER:     Jean Michel BOUCHEZ
TELEPHONE:           (242) 83 26 80 / 81 / 82
FAX:                 (242) 83 29 77
POSTAL ADDRESS:      ORSTOM - BP 181 - Brazzaville

COTE D'IVOIRE
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PLACE / ORG:         Abidjan / ORSTOM
NODE NAME:           abidjan.orstom.fr
LINK:                UUCP/f/X25
NUMBER OF USERS:     12
NUMB OF UNIX HOSTS:  1
USER ACCESS          dialup, X25
NETWORK MANAGER:     Daniel BEGUE 
TELEPHONE:           (225) 24 37 79
FAX:                 (225) 24 65 04
POSTAL ADDRESS:      ORSTOM - B.P. 917 - ABIDJAN 15

PLACE / ORG:         Abidjan / CRO
NODE NAME:           cro.orstom.fr
LINK:                UUCP/g/V22
NUMBER OF USERS:     18
NUMB OF UNIX HOSTS:
USER ACCESS          dialup
NETWORK MANAGER:     Daniel BEGUE 
TELEPHONE:           (225) 35 50 14
FAX:                 (225) 35 11 55
POSTAL ADDRESS:      Centre de recherche Oceanographique,
                     29 rue des pecheur, BP V18 Abidjan

MALI
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PLACE / ORG:         Bamako / ORSTOM
NODE NAME:           bamako.orstom.fr
LINK:                UUCP/g/V22
NUMBER OF USERS:     16
NUMB OF UNIX HOSTS:  1
USER ACCESS          dialup, X25
NETWORK MANAGER:     Eric STEVANCE 
TELEPHONE:           (223) 22 43 05 / 22 27 74
FAX:                 (223) 22 75 88
POSTAL ADDRESS:      ORSTOM - BP 2528 - Bamako

NIGER
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PLACE / ORG:         Niamey / ORSTOM
NODE NAME:           niamey.orstom.fr
LINK:                UUCP/f/X25
NUMBER OF USERS:     23
NUMB OF UNIX HOSTS:  3
USER ACCESS          dialup, X25
NETWORK MANAGER:     Yves ARNAUD 
TELEPHONE:           (227) 73 20 54 / 72 31 15
FAX:                 (227) 72 28 04
POSTAL ADDRESS:      ORSTOM - BP 11 416 - Niamey

SENEGAL
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PLACE / ORG:         Dakar / ORSTOM
NODE NAME:           dakar.orstom.sn
LINK:                UUCP/f/X25
NUMBER OF USERS:     55
NUMB OF UNIX HOSTS:  2
USER ACCESS          X25(PAD), dialup
NETWORK MANAGER:     Herve CHEVILLOTTE 
TELEPHONE:           (221) 32 34 76 / 32 34 80
FAX:                 (221) 32 43 07
POSTAL ADDRESS:      ORSTOM - BP 1386 - Dakar

PLACE / ORG:         Dakar / ENSUT
NODE NAME:           ensut.ensut.sn
LINK:                UUCP/g/V22 bis to dakar.orstom.sn
NUMBER OF USERS:     12
NUMB OF UNIX HOSTS:  1
USER ACCESS          local
NETWORK MANAGER:     Christian CLERCIN 
TELEPHONE:           (221) 25 75 28
FAX:                 (221) 25 55 94
POSTAL ADDRESS:      Universite de Dakar - BP 5085 - Dakar

PLACE / ORG:         Dakar / ISRA-ORSTOM
NODE NAME:           belair.orstom.sn
LINK:                UUCP/g/V22bis to dakar.orstom.sn
NUMBER OF USERS:     20
NUMB OF UNIX HOSTS:  1
NETWORK MANAGER:     Herve CHEVILLOTTE 
USER ACCESS          local
TELEPHONE:           (221) 32 18 46 /  32 67 46 - (221) 32 10 63
FAX:
POSTAL ADDRESS:      ORSTOM-ISRA - route des Hydrocarbures - Dakar-Hann

PLACE / ORG:         Dakar / ENSUT-LPA
NODE NAME:           lpa.ensut.sn
LINK:                UUCP/g/V22 bis to dakar.orstom.sn
NUMBER OF USERS:     5
NUMB OF UNIX HOSTS:  1
USER ACCESS          local
NETWORK MANAGER:     Simeon FONGANG  
TELEPHONE:           (221) 25 93 64
FAX:                 (221) 25 55 94
POSTAL ADDRESS:      Universite de Dakar - BP 5085 - Dakar-Fann

PLACE / ORG:         Dakar /Centre de suivi ecologique
NODE NAME:           cse.orstom.sn
LINK:                UUCP to orstom.sn
NUMBER OF USERS:     5
NUMB OF UNIX HOSTS:  0
USER ACCESS          local
NETWORK MANAGER:     Amadou Moktar DIEYE
TELEPHONE:           (221) 25.80.66
FAX:                 (221) 25.81.68
POSTAL ADDRESS:      Centre de Suivi Ecologique - Dakar

PLACE / ORG:         Dakar / ISRA - CRODT
NODE NAME:           isra.orstom.fr
LINK:                UUCP/f/X25 direct to orstom.orstom.fr
                     (no direct connection to .sn domain)
NUMBER OF USERS:     12
NUMB OF UNIX HOSTS:  4
USER ACCESS          local
NETWORK MANAGER:     Andre PESIN 
TELEPHONE:           (221) 34 05 34 / 36
FAX:                 (221) 34 27 92
POSTAL ADDRESS:      ISRA/CRODT - BP 2241 - Dakar

TOGO
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PLACE / ORG:         Lome / ORSTOM
NODE NAME:           lome.orstom.fr
LINK:                UUCP/f/X25
NUMBER OF USERS:     21
NUMB OF UNIX HOSTS:  1
USER ACCESS          dialup, X25
NETWORK MANAGER:     Richard GOZO 
TELEPHONE:           (228) 21 43 44 / 21 43 46
FAX:                 (228) 21 03 43
POSTAL ADDRESS:      ORSTOM - BP 375 - Lome

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                                   INDIAN OCEAN
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SEYCHELLES
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PLACE / ORG:         Victoria / ORSTOM
NODE NAME:           seychel.orstom.fr
LINK:                UUCP/F/V22-X25
NUMBER OF USERS:     6
NUMB OF UNIX HOSTS:  1
USER ACCESS          local
NETWORK MANAGER:     Lionel CABON 
TELEPHONE:           (248) 247 42
FAX:                 (248) 245 08
POSTAL ADDRESS:      Seychelles Fishing Authority Headquarters -
                     Rue des Frangipaniers - BP 570 Victoria-Mahe

MADAGASCAR
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PLACE / ORG:         Antanarivo / ORSTOM
NODE NAME:           tana.orstom.fr
LINK:                UUCP/g/V22-X25
NUMBER OF USERS:     5
USER ACCESS          local
NUMB OF UNIX HOSTS:  0 (UUPC/DOS)
NETWORK MANAGER:     Christian Depraetere 
TELEPHONE:           +261 24 27 66
FAX:                 +261 24 30 36
POSTAL ADDRESS:      ORSTOM - BP 434 - 101 Antananarivo


MAURICIUS
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PLACE / ORG:         Maurice / ORSTOM 
NODE NAME:           maurice.orstom.fr
LINK:                UUCP/G/V24
NUMBER OF USERS:     1
NUMB OF UNIX HOSTS:  0 (UUPC)
NETWORK MANAGER:     Maurice CAYRE 
TELEPHONE:           (230) 233 47 29
FAX:                 
POSTAL ADDRESS:      Fisheries research center - Alsion -Petite Riviere



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