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Ethiopian ICT Park to Admit 70 New Companies

ICT-Park-admit-70-companiesFebruary 7, 2017 - The Ethio-ICT industrial park said it is making preparations to raise the number of companies operating in the park to more than 70 at the end of this Ethiopian fiscal year (2016/17), according to FBC.

About 20 local companies have already taken office space in the park which was inaugurated 20 months ago. Six foreign companies are also building offices after receiving spaces into the park.

Berhane Keleta, director general of Ethio-ICT industrial park, said more than 170 local and foreign companies have submitted requests to enter into the ICT park.

About 50 of them are expected to enter into the par

Ethiopia Working On Launching Carrier Rocket

Ministry-science-technology-ethiopiaNote from the Editor: The title of this article has been modified to reflect and conform to the original title, per communcations we received from the ministry. The ministry felt the orginal title was misleading and it implied that Ethiopia was planning to launch rocket in three years. This was not the intent of the original story that appeared on this site and hence for the change and for this note. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

The original story in full can be found on this

Internet Shutdowns Hurting Ethiopian Economy - Report

Internet-shutdown-EthiopiaDecember 30, 2016 - Since the government declared a six-month state of emergency at the beginning of October in response to escalating violence from protests seething since November 2015, internet restrictions and blocking of applications have increased in frequency, reports James Jeffrey. Beyond simple inconvenience, there is a mounting financial cost.

Internet shutdowns in Ethiopia between mid-2015 and mid-2016 lost its economy about $9m, according to a recent study by the US-based Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution, part of a total cost for 19 countries (including seven African countries) of $2.4bn.

Chinese Smartphones Winning Greater Market Share

Chinese-phones-winning-market-shareDecember 28, 2016 - As the largest market for smartphones, China has seen a decreased market share held by leading phone-makers including Apple and Samsung in 2016, with domestic brands being the biggest beneficiaries of these drop-offs, Economic Information reported on Dec. 28.
Samsung's market share dropped by 14.2 percent in the third quarter of 2016, the company's worst performance to date, which has mainly been attributed to battery explosions of Samsung phones over the past year.

Meanwhile, Samsung's foreign peer, Apple, has also failed to maintain its earlier performance. With st

Ethiopia Plans to Become Wind Power Capital of Africa

Wind-power-ethiopiaDecember 20, 2016 - After a decade of rapid growth, Ethiopia's bubble is not bursting. Dubbed the 'African Lion' by economists, Ethiopia is the home of booming industry, new infrastructure, and showpiece summits. It has become a powerful force in the region and beyond, reports CNN.

To maintain this golden age, the East African state is pressing ahead with ambitious development plans, and renewable energy is core to the mission.

Ethiopia was among the most daring signatories to the Paris Agreement on climate change, committing to cut carbon emissions by 64% by 2030. The government has ploughed billions of dollars into hydropower megapr

US Calls on Ethiopia to Ease Internet Access Restrictions

USADecember 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

Internet-EthiopiaDecember 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

Ethiopia: Internet disruptions hurting local businessesNovember 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

6th Annual ICT Exhibition Opens in Addis Ababa

ICT-2013June 13, 2013 - The 6th ICT Exhibition, Bazaar and Conference under the theme “ICT for Sustainable Development” opened on June 6 at the Addis Ababa Exhibition Center and Market Development Enterprise, reports Capital.

This annual exhibition has the objective of increasing public’s awareness about Information Communication Technology (ICT) and its applications at grassroots level so as to speed up planned growth, says Birhane Keleta, Director of the Directorate of Private Sector ICT Development at the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MoCIT). <

Ethio Telecom Terminates Contract with France Telecom

Ethio TelecomJanuary 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

Indian IT Company Introducing Fingerprint Technology to Driving Licenses

Techno BrainDecember 17, 2012 - Techno Brain, an Indian global technology and IT solutions company, has commenced the undertaking of a project that aims at modernizing driving licenses in Ethiopia by using fingerprint technology, according to the Reporter. The company, which opened its offices in 2009 here in Ethiopia, is also engaged in providing technological services like Core Banking, Biometric and Grants Management.

During a meeting held at the Addis Ababa Hilton on Monday, Manoj Shanker, CEO of the company said that including the modernization of the driving licenses, his company is engaged in the introduction of a call

Ethiopian Entrepreneur Starts Social Media Research Firm

AlemNovember 23, 2012 - One week prior to the presidential election in the United States, Barack Obama’s campaign team contacted Ottawa entrepreneur Alem Legesse to help with last minute efforts to seduce key swing states, according to Ottawa Business Journal.

Mr. Legesse, founder of social media agency Syncrodata, had been tweeting to his thousands of followers about Mr. Obama’s book titled Dreams from My Father, drafting miniature chapter reviews in 140 characters or less.

Huawei, ZTE Top Contenders for New Ethio Telecom Project

Huawei, ZTE top contendersAugust 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.

Active in

Ethiopian Government Bans VoIP Services

Ethiopia Banns VoIPJune 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.


Ethio Telecom Launches 3G Network

Ethio TelecomMay 28, 2012 - Ethio telecom has re-launched 3G network to enable clients to be the beneficiaries of a ‘modern and efficient’ third generation service, according to The Reporter. The third generation technology would enable clients to have a network quality that would be used to make voice calls, send and receive short messages (SMS), and more importantly, get a fast internet connection.

The third generation technology enables customers to quickly download music, stream video and send or receive e-mails and short messages.

In accordance with the company’s vision regarding world

Hewlett-Packard (HP) Opens New Office in Ethiopia

HPApril 29, 2012 - Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) has announced that it has started new operations in Ethiopia together with the opening of an office in Addis Ababa, according to the Reporter. HP has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Addis Ababa University (AAU) which will allow HP and the university to work together.

According to the MoU, the two institutions will cater to the needs of new graduating students, Mesfin Makonnen, managing director of HP Ethiopia, said. 

The programs that HP is going to carry out with AAU are HP graduate admin, HP sells university and HP south unive

Internet Connection a Persistent Problem in Ethiopia

By Meron Tekleberhan


Ethio TelecomDecember 26, 2011 - A constant grievance heard in Addis Ababa has been the persistent problems experienced with internet connectivity. Customers of the sole internet provider Ethio Telecom often complain about various elements of internet service in the country including the slow speed of the connection, constant breaks in serv

ZTE Installing New Fiber Optic Network in Ethiopia

New Fiber Optics installed in EthiopiaOctober 8, 2011 - The Chinese telecom company, ZTE, plans to complete work on new fiber optic network sometime in 2012, according to the Reporter. The network is being installed at cost of USD 1.5 billion.

According to Reporter, Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Debretsion Gebremichael (PhD) said that the current network connection problem is partly attributed to the pending integration of the ZTE’s network with the existing one. Ethio Telecom’s CEO, Jean Michel Latute, also confirmed that Chinese network is being closely moni

Companies Allowed to Use Private VSAT Communications in Ethiopia

VSAT allowed in EthiopiaOctober 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

Ethiopian ICT Association Launched

Ethiopian ICT Association formedJanuary 25, 2011 -- An ICT association has been launched for the first time in the country, according to the Reporter. Following significant measures taken to improve the sector, the association, otherwise known as ICT-ET, has been launched Tuesday with Google financing the event on which its representatives presented the use of various application produced by the company to ICT professionals, businesses and state-owned organization including the newly formed Ethio Telecom.

Founded by a few private companies, ICT-ET was formally established on Novem


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