>They could easily make Ireland the e-commerce hub of the world,
>and still have no home user dialup internet services in the country..
>The success/failure of the 'e-commerce hub' concept will be based
>on the number and size of datacentres with huge customers... not
>how many people are online..
>>If Microsoft moved their billing/payment system for .NET to Ireland, and
>Cisco moved their online ordering system to Ireland, and then maybe
>get VISA to move their credit-card clearing system. - then we'd
>suddenly have a *huge* amount of e-commerce transactions... and
>be the biggest e-commerce hub in the world...
Could the national grid cope with this I wonder ? I believe
visa are still running there system on water cooled mainframes
it might be a cheap way for the government to clean the liffey.
>It has nothing to do with end-user internet usage.
>>> Isn't is so Irish to seek to be a hub, why not a switch or something
> more up-to-date..
A switch sounds more like what Telecom Eireann might have called
it given there way. Why not "digital island" ?
> Except that increased internet usage should increase the number of
> people who are internet aware/skilled, which would then help with
> staffing the datacentres....
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