By Capt. Enrico Ciucci
First published in
SFOR Informer#109, March 21, 2001
Mostar - Italian soldiers in Mostar are now closer
to home. Since December 18, 2000, the Italian National Support
Element (NSE) in Mostar, led by Maj. Terenzio Fusco, in co-operation
with local PTT and the Mostar "Training Centre" Company
established an Internet Cafe at the "Terrazza Italiana"
Facilities available to the users include 10 computers with access
to Internet and, for the time being, one of them is equipped with
a webcam as well. Thanks to this initiative, military personnel
from Italy and from other countries stationed in Mostar can enjoy
exchanging e-mails with their families, friends and loved ones.
can get real-time information from their motherland or just chat.
Furthermore, it has to be mentioned that not a penny has been
taken out of the pockets of either Italian Army or SFOR: the Mostar
"Training Centre" - a state-owned company aimed at spreading
computer knowledge especially amongst the youth - is funding the
cost of the Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) link, the
maintenance of the lines, the technical assistance, the hardware
and software supplies. Access to the Internet is possible through
the purchase of a special card that keeps track of usage. Prices
are quite affordable. For instance five KM for one hour, 36 KM
for 10 hours or 120 KM for 50 hours.
Due to the results of such an excellent initiative, both the Italian
Battle Group in Sarajevo and the Italian Air Cavalry Task Force
in Rajlovac approached in turn the "Training Centre"
to establish similar facilities within their own compounds. Nowadays,
all the soldiers belonging to the Italian SFOR contingent in BiH
are granted the right not to lag behind the Internet revolution
and, of course
to send a daily e-mail to their dearest
Well done, Maj. Fusco!
Nations of SFOR: Italy