Category: "ICT"

Tefera Walwa tells Cisco that ICT is crucial to Ethiopia's economic progress

November 22nd, 2009

Tefera Walwa tells Cisco that ICT is crucial to Ethiopia's economic progress

The Ethiopian Minister of Capacity Building believes that ICT will continue to be crucial to the country's economic progress.

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Siemens Ethiopia closes its shop due to competition from Chinese companies

October 27th, 2009

Siemens Ethiopia closes its shop

By Yohannes Anberbir

Siemens, a Germany-based Conglomerate, 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 mobile phones, it also created a significant business environment for other local companies, which were its partners in distributing the phones.
Siemens was also well known in the network installation business. The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) had commissioned Siemens in 2005 to supply fibre optic technology. Siemens was paid around 15.4 million dollars to implement the optical backbone for ETC’s fixed and mobile network in the north and centre part of the country with a total length of approximately 1,700 kilometres.


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Ethiopia Telecom to liberalize? Not so fast say some

October 21st, 2009

Ethiopia Telecom to liberalize? Not so fast say some

The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) has invited bidding from selected companies to run part of its operations on a revenue-sharing basis, according to a report by Addis Ababa based Capital newspaper.

The paper said, the government’s plan is to partially open up the telecom sector to allow the participation of private investors. This should bring new funding and new management techniques and skills to ETC.

ETC’s networks, outline business growth strategies and management of operations are parts of the special interest packages specified. Apart from a revenue share, the selected company would also get a fixed fee for its services, according to sources.

Experts consider the move as a first step to liberalisation, but Minister of Trade and Industry Girma Birru had said that Ethiopia will pursue membership of the World Trade Organization, though it has no plans to liberalise its telecommunications and financial-services industries in order to gain access.


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Indian company sets sights on Ethiopia Telecom: Reports

October 17th, 2009

Indian company sets sights on Ethiopia Telecom: Reports

Indian public sector telecom Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) has now set its sight on Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC), in a bid to maximize revenues amid increasing competition in the home turf. The Indian company is reported 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”, according to Indian news sources.

Currently, BSNL is the only operator from India bidding for ETC’s invitation. “There are some other players from the Middle East and Africa, who will put in their proposals. But no other Indian company has shown interest yet,” sources close to the development . “Top officials from BSNL will go to Ethiopia next week. They will meet with ETC officials and also prepare a report on the local market and the potential for growth,” the same news source said.


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Study: Ethiopia only sub-Sahara Africa nation to filter Net

October 8th, 2009

Study: Ethiopia only sub-Sahara Africa nation to filter Net

By Rebecca Wanjiku | Computerworld Kenya

Though various African countries monitor and restrict Internet access in some way, Ethiopia is the only country with a technical filtering regime in the sub-Saharan region, according to a report by OpenNet Initiative, a collaborative partnership between Harvard, Toronto, Cambridge and Oxford universities.

The study, conducted in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Uganda and Zimbabwe between 2008 and 2009, found that though sub-Saharan Africa has a history of controlling freedom of expression, Ethiopia was the only country filtering the Internet.


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