E-mail Services in Tanzania

E-mail Services in Tanzania

Dear All,

I am glad to inform you that our company, Tanzania Online Ltd, is now ready to offer e-mail services in Dar es Salaam, and other regions of Tanzania.

To benefit from our services all you need to have is a personal Computer (IBM-compatible), a Hayes compatible modem (any speed) and a working telephone line which need not be dedicated (even an extension line will do). We will install for you the hardware and the software to enable you communicate by e-mail to anywhere in the world.

We are proud to say that we are the first to introduce UUCP-based e-mail services in Tanzania controlled from a UNIX server as opposed to the inefficient, unreliable, DOS-based Fidonet system currently working at the University of Dar es Salaam, Muhimbili Medical Centre and the Commission for Science and Technology. We are the first commercial Internet Service Providers based in Tanzania and operated by Tanzanians. We know better the situation in Tanzania more than anybody else and we deliver what we promise.

We transfer e-mail messages to and from the Internet three times a day for now and we will increase the frequency in a near future. We do have a variety of very user-friendly, Windows-based software for you to write and read e-mail messages. The software, among other goodies, it allows the user to send text files, wordprocessed documents, graphics, programs etc. It does have an automatic encoding and decoding features and is MIME-compliant. When you receive, say an encoded MS Word file, the software allows you to view it directly into the MS Word program from which you can save it or print it out just like the way it was sent by the sender! You can do the same for Lotus, Excel, image files, etc as long as you have the appropriate software.

For privacy, the e-mail software provides password protected encryption. With that feature a mail message is encrypted to make it unreadable to anyone except the one who knows the password. So, if you have a friend, you only have to tell each other the password to use while you correspond by e-mail, and that will ensure that no one but you two read the messages. Not even the best hacker on earth can read such an encrypted message.

The UUCP protocol we use to communicate with our clients has proven to be the one that works best in the poor telephone system we have in Tanzania. The protocol works in a way that the messages will never get lost even if the line breaks or the power goes off in the middle of message transmission. When one dials again, the transmission starts from where it ended and not from the beginning.

You may also wish to know that the UUCP protocol is already compliant with the systems providing Full Internet services. In that way, when we upgrade our system to offer Full Internet services (we hope soon), you will have nothing more to do and your e-mail address will stay the same. That is a considerable advantage over Fidonet systems that require Fidonet/Internet gateways to convert Fidonet messages in to the Internet format.

We are also in the process of offering USENET news service from which the clients will choose to subscribe to newsgroups of their interest in a selection of over 6000 forums. There will also be local forums to discuss issues of interest to Tanzania. The preparation for that is underway and we will let you know when we are ready to offer that service.

Please write us or call us for more information. Our e-mail address for information enquiries is <>, and our phone number in Dar es Salaam is +255 51 66983. Contact person: Ashak Kabani. Feel free to distribute this information.

Please, allow us to serve you.

Marketing section, Tanzania Online.

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Date: Sat, 27 Jan 1996 11:54:27 -0500 Message-Id: <Pine.SUN.3.91.960127070804.730C-100000@conn> From: Kassim Abdullah <> Subject: Email Resources

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar
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