Eritrea is the last African country to officially go online and provide public internet services. Internet access has been given approval and four companies are licensed Internet Service Providers (ISPs), a BBC report said. Regional internet expert Ben Parker, Editor at Africaonline, said Eritrea had had private e-mail service providers operating for at least three years, but live internet would be a welcome addition, "particularly as the Eritrean diaspora community are extremely active online and bring in a lot of expertise". A US project called the USAID Leland project initiative, which has been operating in 21 African countries with a budget of US $15 million, announced the formal launch of services in Eritrea on 15 November. The web site can be found at www.leland-er.org.
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