No one counting on Western media for current affairs information would know that it had been Gaddafi’s Libya that offered all of Africa its first revolution in times – connecting the whole continent by telephone, television, radio broadcasting, and several other technological applications like telemedicine and distance teaching.
Thanks to the WiMAX radio bridge, a coffee cost connection was made available across the continent, including in rural areas.
Also, due to this, Africans of today can watch TV in HD (high definition), communicate with people anywhere within the world with high tech telecommunication satellites, browse at a reduced price and luxuriate in the services of new telecommunication devices at a highly reduced price.
It is a longtime indisputable fact that, before Gaddafi brought this revolution to the African people, telephone calls made to Africa and out of Africa were the foremost expensive within the entire world! Many couldn’t make international calls that would last for quite 5 minutes. The bill for such a request was costly.
Those were the times when it had been only a couple of wealthy Africans living in Europe and America who could make calls to Africa. It had been entirely impossible for the standard African to form phone calls that would last, because Africa didn’t have our communication satellites and that we had to believe using the services of European satellites. Since we had no way of escape, our European masters were charging Africans an excessive amount of (hundreds of many dollars) for these services.
But today in Africa, many of us, including the young ones, are using two or three smartphones and may make free local and international calls, which will last over a half-hour in most cases. As for browsing internet, it’s now unlimited! Young Africans can now stay the web, navigating the social networks for an entire day. They’re the primary to listen to of breaking news from the opposite side of the Atlantic. Today Africans are using the web and telecommunication services like never before to remain in-tuned and obtain connected. Has anybody taken the pain to even consider what percentage of Africans could enjoy this chance if it had been not for Gaddafi’s bold contribution?
It began in 1992 when 45 African nations established RASCOM (Regional African Satellite Communication Organization) so that Africa would have its satellite and slash communication costs within the continent. This was a time when phone calls to and from Africa were the foremost expensive within the world due to the annual US$500 million fee pocketed by Europe for the utilization of its satellites like INTELSAT for phone conversations, including those within an equivalent country.
An African satellite would cost only a one-time payment of US$400 million, and therefore the continent not had to pay a US$500 million per annum to Europe. Which banker wouldn’t finance such a project? But the matter remained – how can slaves, seeking to free themselves from their master’s exploitation, ask the master’s help to realize that freedom? Not surprisingly, the planet Bank, the International fund, the USA, and Europe only made vague promises for 14 years.
Gaddafi put an end to those futile pleas to the western “benefactors” with their exorbitant interest rates. The Libyan leader put US$300 million on the table; the African Development Bank added US$50 million more, and therefore the West African Development Bank an extra US$27 million – and that is how Africa got its first satellite on 26 December 2007.
China and Russia followed suit and shared their technology and helped launch satellites for South Africa, Nigeria, Angola, Algeria, and a second African satellite were launched in July 2010.
The first satellite totally built and made on African soil by indigenous people is occurring in Algeria, which is about for completion in 2020. This satellite is aimed toward competing with the simplest within the world but at ten times less the value, a real challenge.
That is how Gaddafi’s symbolic gesture of a mere US$300 million changed the life of a whole continent.
Gaddafi’s Libya cost the West, not just depriving it of US$500 million per annum but the billions of dollars in debt and interest that the initial loan would generate for years to return and in an exponential manner, literally enslave Africa again within the 21st century thereby helping maintain a system that continues to plunder the continent.
The RASCOM satellites embodied Muammar al Gaddhafi‘s vision of regional sovereign emancipation and integration.
This is one of the significant reasons why European and American leaders hated Gaddafi and were, therefore, trying to find any opportunity to murder him at the least cost. Consequently, they resorted to terror tactics, they attempted to assassinate Gaddafi on many occasions, but they failed. Like they recently did in Syria, these European and American leaders decided to provide weapons to rebels that they had trained to cause chaos in Libya while their dishonest media heartlessly blamed it on Gaddafi.
They looked for a UN resolution to then go and protect civilians, when their actual hidden intention was to travel and murder Gaddafi. Surprisingly many of the then African leaders, due to their greed and selfishness, had secretly accepted bribes from the ECU and American politicians to betray Gaddafi.
Many of them were personally invited to visit America and Europe, where they held secret meetings with the leaders, by which they agreed to a minimum of stay quiet and permit their puppet masters to have their way in Libya. They sold out Gaddafi for a couple of secrete dollar and Euro accounts, accounts that are loaded with the blood of their own African brothers and sisters.
Gaddafi was murdered with none single one among them (with the exception of President Robert Mugabe), saying a thing. A bit like Judas, who betrayed Jesus, African leaders have now regretted their actions, while the African people pay the worth (with their lives) for what happened in Libya.
However, to us the African youth, we should always not be ungrateful. We should never forget Gaddafi, not because he was a saint, but because we all know it had been him who helped us to be ready to fully enjoy the sweetness of the 21st century’s unlimited telecommunications services at highly reduced prices.
Any time our mobile phones shall ring, anytime we hook up with the web, we should always do so, remembering Gaddafi.