| US Calls on Ethiopia to Ease Internet Access Restrictions
December 10, 2016 - The US Chargé d’ Affaires in Ethiopia, Peter Vrooman, called on the Government of Ethiopia to provide uninterrupted internet and mobile access to businesses that operate in Ethiopia.
Launching the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Ethiopia, Vrooman said that continued access to the internet and mobile data are key requirements for all companies and also for the international financial institutions that evaluate foreign projects in Ethiopia.
Avoiding mentioning the current internet shutdown directly in his inaugural speech, the Chargé d’ Affaires instead pointed out that Ethiopia should reconsider the vitality of
| Mobile Internet Partially Restored in Ethiopia
December 2, 2016 - All mobile Internet services were restored on Friday evening December 2 after being shut down for the last two months, according to Capital. Social media and messaging platforms such as WhatsApp, Viber and Facebook, and Instagram are still blocked. In Addis Ababa, this is the longest sustained mobile Internet service shutdown that has taken place.
The unrest that started more than a year ago precipitated internet interruptions in Ethiopia. Since the state of emergency was announced, in particular, the Ethiopian government imposed a number of restrictions on internet usage, including access to much of social media
| Internet Disruptions Hurting Local Businesses in Ethiopia
November 1, 2016 - Lately, a glance at the business centres and Internet cafes that line the streets of Addis Ababa tends to reveal a strange lack of customers. Even in the late afternoons when schools let out and students crowd the streets. Morning customers aren’t plentiful at the best of times, but now, with the declaration of the state of emergency and the shutdown of social media and mobile Internet networks, business centres that usually see many customers a day now don’t see even half that number. The answer to this seeming paradox may lie in the shutdown of social media sites. There are four mill
| Ethio Telecom Terminates Contract with France Telecom
January 14, 2013 - Ethio Telecom terminated its contract with France Telecom (Orange) contract was terminated without bonus payment, according to Capital. According to the report, the sole communications provider in Ethiopia, Ethio Telecom, which was managed by the European telecom firm for the past two and half years, is now back in the hands of Ethiopians.
The company that was selected from various international firms has concluded its contract with some success in relation to modernizing the operation and upgrading parts of the
| Huawei, ZTE Top Contenders for New Ethio Telecom Project
August 12, 2012 - Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the Chinese private telecom vender contending to clinch Ethio Telecom’s upcoming billions of dollars lucrative project against rival ZTE, the Chinese state-owned telecom equipment manufacturer, topped world’s leader Ericsson in half-year revenue, according to the Reporter.
The two, however, are neck and neck, according to freshly released reports, and a new contract or fluctuation in currency in countries the two companies are based and established could see them changing places once again.
| Ethiopian Government Bans VoIP Services
June 15, 2012 - The Ethiopian government has banned the use of VoIP services like Google Talk, according to Al Jazeera. Using VoIP services is now punishable by up to 15 years in prison, according to new law dated May 24, 2012. This law actually passed last month, but mostly went unnoticed outside of the country. Ethiopian authorities argue that they imposed these bans because of “national security concerns” and to protect the state’s telecommunications monopoly.
| Companies Allowed to Use Private VSAT Communications in Ethiopia
October 3, 2011 - The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) has allowed companies running Internet-dependant operations to acquire VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal), according to The Reporter.
The ministry issued some months ago a directive allowing companies and organizations which are dependent on the Internet and those working in remote areas of the country where there is no access to the Internet to use VSAT, according to Debretsion Gebremichael, Minister of MICT.
The move came on the heels of complaints from companies whose operations h
| Ethiopia Signs Agreement With Fiber Optics Company
March 18, 2010 -- The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) has signed agreement with SEACOM to connect Ethiopia to its sea fibre optics network, reports IT News Africa.
The privately funded submarine fibre optic cable system will provide Ethiopia with international broadband fibre connectivity and a backhaul link through Djibouti.
“As we have seen in other countries that gained access to SEACOM, it is only a matter of time before the direct socio-economic benefits created by cheap and readily available bandwidth begin to man
| Foreign companies to help manage Ethiopian Telecom
Addis Ababa, November 9, 2009 -- In an effort to improve the nation’s sole telecom provider, the Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC), the government has floated a bid for international companies to aide ETC’s top management.
The hope is that the winner from the contesting international firms – which is speculated to be made public in two weeks’ time – will enact a complete transformation of ETC. According to Transport and Communications Minister, Diriba Kuma, the chosen company will introduce new schemes to
| SIEMENS closing office in Ethiopia
Addis Ababa, October 27 -- Siemens, a Germany-based IT Company, has been forced to close its local branch, Siemens Ethiopia. Siemens was the sole distributor of Siemens mobile telephone apparatuses in Ethiopia and had been engaged in network installation; however, Chinese firms and other companies’ provision of the same technologies at a cheaper price have led to its exit from the market.
“Siemens products are up to standard compared with other cell phone products found in the local market, but it’s not proved profitable to stay in the market,” a former marketing department official of Siemens Ethiopia told Capital.
Besides distributing its
| India's BSNL eyes on Ethiopian Telecom
Mumbai, October 15, 2009 -- Public sector telecom Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) has now set its sight on Ethiopian Telecommunications (ETC), a state monopoly in the African nation, in a bid to maximise revenues amid increasing competition in the home turf. The Indian behemoth is learnt to have expressed interest in running the networks and operations of ETC on a revenue-sharing basis after the Ethiopian government invited ‘request for special interest’ to boost IT and telecom services in the sub-Saharan country.
Currently, BSNL is the only operator from India in the fray. “There are some other players from the Middle East and Africa, who will put in the