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Date: Wed, 22 Jan 1997 12:18
>1) Could you please provide a brief update about the general state of
>networking in PG?
There are only very limited number of sites that are connected to
Internet. With the help of Robert Elz from University of Melbourne,
Australia, we have started a DNS service for PNG. Presently the Database
is kept and updated in Melbourne. But there are plans to move it here
soon. There is still no ISP providers here in PNG. Telikom has illegalized
message switching and Internet falls under that category.
>2) What sort of equipment/setup are you using there at the University for
>your email system - platform, servers, modems, etc. ?
At the moment, we have an Intel based machine which has a 40 MB hard disk.
The software is a microport unix v.II, modified by a gentleman from UK
in order to facilitate message switching for local users based on
Internet (user@domain) style addressing. The environment is UUCP only
and this machine or mailserver allows others to connect to it for
delivery or pickup of mail again via uucp. I have designed and
am configuring a SUN sparc5 machine to replace this environment. The
connection to Melbourne or generally out of the country has been the
bottleneck. We are using Prometheus 9.6 K ProModem 9600-EC modem.
>3) Are there any efforts to implement TCP/IP connectivity at the
I have designed and implemented a Fiber Optic backbone for the university.
The work is still on-going but due to complete soon. The backbone will
connect all the university via a TCP/IP connection with a Switching
Ethernet Hub at the center of the Fiber Optic Star network. Each department
or the cluster of users will be using Novell Network and connect to the
backbone. This work has been going on for nearly 3 years becasue of
the financial crisis of the University; still due to complete.