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Date Sent: Thursday, November 14, 2002 6:01 AM
From: Lamia Chaffai
To: Ma. Dolores Lizarzaburu
Cc: Randy Bush ,Steven Huter ,
Subject: RE: Tunisia and the state of the Internet
>1)Could you please provide a brief technical description of Tunisia's
>external connectivity to the Internet - including upstream provider(s),
>international bandwidth of the link(s), etc. ?
>Tunisia has Internet links with :
At present, the total International bandwidth is 110Mbps.
>2)Please list all of the ISPs with external connectivity currently
>operating in the country with the information in the following format:
ISP in TN Link Type Bandwidth Upstream ISP POP location(s)
========= =========== =========== ================ ===============
Planet Tunisie Leased lines 16 Mbps ATI Tunis,Sousse, Sfax
GlobalNet Leased lines 10 Mbps ATI Tunis,Sousse, Sfax
Hexabyte Leased lines 2 Mbps ATI Tunis,Beja
TopNet Leased lines 2 Mbps ATI Tunis, Sousse
Tunet Leased lines 2 Mbps ATI Sfax
CCK Leased lines 6 Mbps ATI Tunis
INBMI Leased lines 6 Mbps ATI Tunis
SOTETEL-IT Leased lines 2 Mbps ATI Tunis
IRESA Leased lines 2 Mbps ATI Tunis
Tunisie Telecom Leased lines 2 Mbps ATI Tunis
Ministry of Youth Leased lines 2 Mbps ATI Tunis
ATI Leased lines 2 Mbps Tunis (Nabeul and Sousse
The rest of the Bandwidth is used by ATI, the national Internet Operator and the
Public Internet Access Centers (http://www.ati.tn/publinets/index.html).
Actually, all ISPs are using the Backbone to route Internet traffic to their
customers located outside the Capital Tunis.
Tunisia Telecom, the national Telecom Operator, is installing 30.000 access ports in
POPs to be used for access port lease service for the ISPs.
Further more, the 300 Public Access Centers "Publinet" located in all parts of the
country, are connected to the Internet through the backbone.
>3)Please also list the URLs for each ISP, and the name and e-mail address
>for the appropriate administrative or technical contact ( The names and e-mail
>of the contacts are very important for us because they allow us to publish
>individual records of the ISPs).
Tunisian Internet Agency:
administrative contact: Mrs. Ferial Beji, email@example.com
technical contact: Mr. Kamel Saadaoui, firstname.lastname@example.org
administrative contact: Mr. Mohamed Garbouj, email@example.com
administrative contact: Mr. Naceur Chakroun,firstname.lastname@example.org
administrative contact: Mr. Naceur Hidoussi, email@example.com
administrative contact: Mr. Mehdi Khemiri, firstname.lastname@example.org
administrative contact: Mr. Hatem Zghal, email@example.com
CCK (University Network):
technical contact : Mrs. Sonia Zghal, firstname.lastname@example.org
INBMI (Education Network):
administrative contact: Mr. Adel Gaaloul, email@example.com
SOTETEL-IT (Research Network):
technical contact: Mr. Mourad Zouari, firstname.lastname@example.org
IRESA (Agriculture Network):
administrative contact: Mr. Fethi Lebdi, email@example.com
CIMPS (Health Network):
administrative contact: Mr. Mongi Miled, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ministry of Youth (Youth Clubs Network):
administrative contact: Mr. Taher Hfaiedh, email@example.com
technical contact : Mr. Slim Jarraya, firstname.lastname@example.org
>4) Do you know about any links to information about the academic networking
The Khawarizmi Calculus Center which is the ISP for the academic network has the
following web site : http://www.cck.rnu.tn
The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has a web site :
It is important to add that a virtual university has been launched in.
You may also visit the Education network web site : http://www.edunet.tn
>5) What do you see as the prospects for Internet growth in Tunisia;
>what would help it, and what are currently the major obstacles?
A national committee is preparing a national program to boost Internet development in
Tunisia (On the 7th of November, the government has started this program by cutting
the subscription fees for companies and economic institutions by 50%.):
1. Reducing Internet and Telecom fees by use of a prepaid card for Internet
connexion. This card should cover both telecom and Internet fees. This project
should been launched soon using the telecom intelligent network.
2. Promoting ADSL connections and reducing ADSL subscription fees.
3. Promoting Internet Content production.
4. Developing new online services: E-government services, E-commerce ,...
We do not have problems with Telecom and Internet Infrastructure since the
present capacity of the Network and International bandwidth are higher than
the capacity used by the actual Internet community in Tunisia.
The government launched a program called the "The family PC"
(http://www.pcfamilial.tn/index.html) to make PCs affordable to Tunisian Families by
cutting PC prices ( 700 $ for a PC with a printer) and offering payment facilities.
This program should be reinforced and PC pricing should be reduced.
A lot of effort should be done to boost Tunisian content development on the Net.
Further more, there is a shortage in specialized IT skills and the number
of IT engineers and technicians graduated each year doesn't fulfill the Tunisian
Finally, the government is considering actions to help IT entrepreneurs
and Startups as well as the development of Venture capitals for IT projects.
Tunisian Internet Agency