steveu at coppice.org
Mon Jan 26 18:46:12 PST 2009
Abdul Hakeem wrote:
> Is Brazil a 3rd world country ? The last I hear Brazil was building
> aeroplanes, has it's own space and nuclear program and a GNP UK would be
> envious of.
What relevance does that have to the current discussion?
Brazil is a country with large trade barriers, which skews the cost of
hardware from the world market considerably. It is also pretty advanced,
technically, and has a local base of electronics manufacturers. That
considerably affects the economic tradeoffs in the use computers,
telecoms, and other technology in Brazil. If something can be
manufactured (or at least pass through final assembly) in Brazil, it
will generally be much cheaper than something imported. That means some
people find the use of locally made intelligent E1 cards is cheaper than
the use of dumb cards from Digium or Sangoma.
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