Yak trade on Net

Wednesday 30 June 2004

-- (Credit: Nepal Wireless Networking Proj)Nepal Wireless Networking Project

Five isolated villages in Myagdi district of Nepal don't have phones or other means of communication. But Nangi, Paudwar, Ghara, Tikot, and Sikha are connected to the world via the Internet thanks to a wi-fi network (a technology for Internet connectivity through radio waves).

"Yak farmers are using the network to buy and sell livestock, and exchange veterinary tips," says teacher Mahabir Pun, who leads a campaign called Nepal Wireless Networking Project to bring the Internet to the country's villages.

"Thanks to the network, we can talk to the people taking care of the yak and ask them if they need medicine or food or if they have any messages for their families," Pun told the bbc programme, Go Digital.

"Villagers can send e-mails and they can also talk through NetMeeting video conferencing software. They are also using the service to put online things they have to sell."

"We are trying to find ways of doing live teaching from one school by one teacher to several schools at the same time," Pun says.

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