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Internet cafes start registering users
By Groum Abate
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The Ethiopian Telecommunication Agency is distributing forms for Internet cafes in the country to register internet users.
Sources told Capital that the agency in collaboration with the Federal Police is disbursing the letter to all cyber cafes in Addis Ababa and other major towns to easily identify illegal users.
These sources said that the form requests the internet user’s ID that consists of a full name and residential address.
These users would be registered and police officials would collect the form for identification.
The sources said that if an internet café is found giving service to unregistered customers, the owners would be jailed for violation of the regulation with severe punishment.
Some observers said that the scheme was devised after cyber cafes increasingly used their internet access for dialing purposes.
People now use the internet consistently. Access has been made available through the various internet café’s in Addis Ababa at affordable prices. Most users go online to check their emails, their favorite soccer team and to chat with acquaintances.
Also popular in the use of the internet as a way of communication is the use of voice over IP technology, which enables to make phone calls cheaply over the net. This technology has seen vast numbers of users as it offers cheap rates and is readily available. Compared to the expensive prices the Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) the only telephone services provider in Ethiopia, offers, this option is appealing to most.
These calls cost from 2 birr per minute onward.
Nowadays, with ETA cranking up its efforts to discourage such uses and making it illegal to provide such services, these cafes became rare some two years back. However, after the Agency eased control they have become widely popular again.
The number of Internet users is growing in major cities like Addis Ababa due to the increasing popularity of cyber cafés. There were about 100,000 Internet users by the end of 2004. Internet PoPs are also available in major towns like Mekele, Nazreth, Bahr Dar, Awassa, Jima, Dessie, Gondar, Nekempte and Dire Dawa. Nevertheless, the distribution of Internet users is still strongly skewed to the capital, with 94% of Internet users.
Ethiopia joined the world of the Internet as of January 1st 1997. Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation being a transport and Service Provider (ISP) in the country has taken the initiative to introduce the service and presently, there are over 40,000 Internet users.
ETC is encouraging its existing and potential users to use the service through reduction of tariffs.
It is to be recalled that the government had previously taken measures to regulate cyber cafés with some operators having been shut down because of illegal activities including inexpensive international phone access popular with the public. It is estimated that these calls have cost ETC millions of birr in lost revenue
This is rediculous. Ethiopians are suffering from lack of all basic human rights because of the “DOMA” administration in power. This makes the country the worest of worest regimes denying its own people from basic information rights. Shame to Meles and his WOYANE friends. They have been successfully deceiving the international community in the name bringing democracy to Ethiopia, however, it is time to uncover their rediculous jobs. I wana hear what Yirgacheffe and his friends who are assighened to spy the diaspora are saying about this.
God Bless Ethiopia!
WOW, EVEN SOMALIA, HAS A BETTER INTERNET AND PHN SYSTEM. WOYANE NEED TO ALLOW OTHERS TO JOIN AND COMPUTE WITH Tel. Tel by itself can not do it, otherwise it will be slow and expensive. when we compare our internet and phn system to kenay, somalia, it does not look good.
Wa! MAMA ethiopia who & how we gonna save you? when the stupid federal police, and the foggy mind WEYANE cherokee chifes still are suffering from communism and derg era KEBELE style BELEW withdrawal symptoms. I pray to the primates and totas to get out of darkness before the un-seen eat them alive.
GOD bless ETHIOPIA!
Here we go! This was the main reason why Meles has been wasting our resource in Somalia, to extend the degree of his dictatorship to the next level and inturn escalate the misery of Ethiopians. What regulation are they talking about, did the issue introduced to the “parliament” and parliament members have given the chance to debate on it, and have voted on it? NO, it is a regulation that has cooked in meles’s kitchen and every citizen has to respect it or face sever consequence. Ethiopia is becoming increasingly a lawless country, a place where governors impose any rules and regulations, have the power to punish those who stands for their right, and have an absolute right to drag the whole nation into their own war. Meles is nothing better than the warlords in Somalia who can make his own rules and requires the people to follow it. Woyanes, for how long are you going to be slaves for Meles and allowe your party being driven by one man? Either you tell him to stop, or you all will be deposed from Ethiopian political system. You better know that there is even a limit for dictatorship and you can not control every aspect of Ethiopians life.
Where are the likes of Eshetu Daba or is it dedeb here?
May be this is about time for ETC to reconsider their priceing, It costes about $birr to make a five minute phone call to the USA from Addis, if you go to ETC.
I am sure it is related to security.
If it happened this week, there is not question it is about national security.
Wodi-Adwa bandits are enforcing democracy Cuban style in Ethiopia. Just as Eritreans suffering for betrayal of Ethiopian soon the table will turn on Woyane and its supporters
Keep on oppressing Ethiopians you will pay tenfold.
Loughable! Your mouth precedes your brain by many yards!
Next we are gonna control what you google and what you email. That is it! That is how you have growen, being oppressed!
Donkeys like you don’t know democracy. You must be ruled by punch and stick.
For the rest of ethiopians:
I believe it was introduced to control illegal phone calls. However, it isn’t a good solution. May be the poor ETC has to reduce its tarif on international calls.
Shame on Meles.Shame on ETC.Ethiopia has more than 68 million people and only 100,000,000 had used it.Meles needs to give break to every comany that would like open IT in ethiopia.Ethiopia can learn from Kenya and Nigera.
And Meles calls that freedom……..
That is sickening.
Rights of any kind are for people who do not abuse them. Ethiopians have a lot of babysitting to go through before they are able to handle the rights and privelages of citizenship. Where people think ‘democracy’ means having the right to burn people’s businesses and shoot at the police, democracy is a dangerous animal indeed. Thir world ‘democracy’ often times seems to have an entirely different colour from the kind of democracy that exists in the more matured democratic countries of the world.
Ethiopia’s task is to educate its people the real meaning of democracy; that it is different from mobocracy,or the anarchy of anything goes!
Here we go! This was the main reason why Meles has been wasting our resource in Somalia?????WHICH RESOURCE R U TALKING ABOUT,,,EVERYTHING IS PAYED BY bush the donkey,,,and meles the MONKEY is killing poor somalis and dirty woyenes and the other ethopians,,,peace in the horn ,,,
I don’t believe that this monster(meles) is tryin’ to hide his identity from ethiopian people. who knows tommoro he will say unless i gave u a permit; nobody is allowed to know what is goning on the country. yebase atanta .
dimet ras, you dont have to tell me that! Hadn’t has been woyanes are just a collection of doma-ras civil service college graduates and gebere-mahiber likemenbers, they could have censored and controlled every single online activity of all Ethiopians across the globe. Thank god your head is as thick as Axum obelisk! What is a stick and punch comparing to a bullet in your head? I suppose even a bullet can’t get through dingay ras, human blood sacker dimet! anchim asibesh motesh, denkoro.
you are the other denkoro in here who deosnt know what he is talking about. You are incapable of making one point in multiple lines and yet here you are talking about talking about teaching democracy for Ethioians? “The meaning of democracy", you mean the definition? Difin kil!
The truth is, you know nothing and keep on parroting what your ebet-ras manages to absorb from your masters speech.
I am tired of this Niftams,
I see you are still not free from the shackles of your ignorance. I doubt there is any hope for you.
melese is realy week. Every he will get less supporter. even the hodams are thinking it is the wrong way.
Come on what did you expect from the one who was waiting for 30 years at the dessert border of Ethiopia/sudan and is coming directly to addis abeba and even to the palac.
This uneducated melata monkey face crime minister will make a mistak like every dictator one day and this nightmare will be over.
May Allah save Ethiopia
It is just ridiculous. Internet phone calls are cheaper, why shouldn’t the ethiopian public be able to use a service which is affordable. It disgusting how the ethiopian people are controlled to this degree. Most of the people are poor anyway why not allow them to use a more convenient method of communication. There is still no freedom in this country
what the ETC doing is normal ,this hapens every were in the world when internet cafes or others do illegal activities.
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