Category: "ICT"

Ethiopia's Information Technology park project progressing

September 21st, 2009
Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation

Ethiopia's Information Technology park project progressing

By Yohannes Anberbir

Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation (ETC) and the Chinese Telecom Corporation, ZTE, recently signed a 10 million dollar agreement to construct part of the technological infrastructure of the long awaited Information Technology (IT) Park of the federal government.

The Ministry of Capacity Building first planned to build the IT-Park project, which is to be located behind Bole International Airport, some six years ago in collaboration with donors. However, the ministry had to distribute different phases of the project to various stockholders owing to donors’ failure to finance this huge project.

ETC was chosen to manage part of the project, which led the state-owned telecom provider to negotiate with ZTE so the latter can include the project in the 1.5 billion vendor financing program signed in 2006.


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Ethiopia - Zero import tax for wireless CDMA

August 19th, 2009

Zero import tax for wireless CDMA

Ethiopia - Zero import tax for wireless CDMA

By Kirubel Tadesse

In an effort to lower the price of the increasingly popular wireless CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) device, the Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation is preparing to table a proposal for the sets to be imported tax free.
The state telecom monopoly recently finalised a study to asses the possibility of wider access. It is also planning to distribute the apparatus at lower prices for subscripting customers.

WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) is a radio access scheme used for third generation cellular systems that are being rolled out in various parts of the globe.
Offered by ETC, this 3G system supports wideband services such as high-speed internet access, video and high quality image transmission with same quality as fixed networks.
The corporation, which is investing in a massive telecom expansion with the Chinese ZTE costing 1.5 billion dollars, aims to cover 90 per cent of the nation with the technology by January 2010. Last year alone, the corporation doubled the service's subscribers to over 56,000.


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Motorola launches wireless broadband in Ethiopia

August 10th, 2009

Ethiopia - Motorola launches wireless broadband

By Muluken Yewondwossen

Source: Capital

Motorola launched its wireless broadband solutions for private and state organizations on August 4 at the Hilton hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's Capital.

Dr. Herbert Eichele, president of Adama University, who has been using the technology for the last sixteen months in the university compound, explained the value and advantage of wireless broadband technology.

He told Capital that the WiMAX (Wireless Interoperability for Microwave Access) is a key factor for the development of campus facilities and an integral contribution to developing "E" learning at Adama. He further explained that any student or member of staff can use Motorola's wireless internet technology anywhere on the compound.

Orbis Trading and Technical Center has been serving as Motorola's Ethiopian agent since 1973. Motorola is one of the largest communication companies in the world. For the past three decades, Ethiopia's security organizations have been using Motorola's technology.
An East African representative of the company told Capital that Orbis is aiming to boost the technology for different organizations, mainly for the private sector, particularly the banking sector and other networked organizations, as the technology is said to be compatible with ETC's service.

Motorola, a member of the WiMAX Forum Board, says it is helping to support the broadband wireless industry through the development of standards that benefit the consumer and help make wireless broadband available to all.

WiMAX is a broadband wireless access technology and an international standard for delivering voice, video and data over a microwave radio frequency spectrum to stationary or moving users- thereby making broadband communications available virtually anywhere.
Hundreds of companies have contributed to the development of WiMAX, creating an open, collaborative technology standard that is making great strides toward significant worldwide adoption. Ethiopian businesses are hoping that there will be tremendous cost savings from the low-complexity design of the software.

Ethiopia Telecom sees record profits despite sales shortfall

August 10th, 2009

Ethiopia Telecom sees record profits despite sales shortfall

By Kirubel Tadesse

Despite power cuts and sales shortfalls, the state telecom monopoly Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation (ETC) has announced a record net profit of 2.4 billion birr in the last fiscal year.

Sales of a number of telecom services, including mobile services, had fallen short of the company’s targets, and the Ministry of Transport and Communications report, submitted to parliament, had signaled concerns on the state monopoly performance of the year. Unveiled early this week ETC’s financial documents revealed that the corporation, despite these challenges, was able to pocket over 5.7 billion birr in revenues, surpassing last year’s revenues of 3.3 billion by seventy one per cent.

During the twelve month period the corporation added over 2.2 million new customers to take its overall subscriber numbers to 5.1 million. This is in no small part connected to a massive expansion it is undertaking with the Chinese ZTE with 1.5 billion dollar vendor financing.

The number of mobile subscribers is mounting and the state telecom monopoly ETC says it now has over four million subscribers. The company says its capacity can go up to nearly 4.8 million customers, and that network congestion will soon be eased.


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Ethiopia Telecom launches new services to boost poor revenues

July 27th, 2009

Ethiopia Telecom launches new services to boost poor revenues


By Kirubel Tadesse

In an effort to boost telecoms revenues, which continue to fall short of target, the Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) has announced the launch of third generation GPRS service, internet utilising mobile data transfer technology, which can be used to download and exchange digital data.
The new service will also enable subscribers to locate their vehicle whereabouts and their destination after connecting their GPRS enabled mobile apparatus with another technology, Global Positioning System (GPS).
The corporation says it will soon embark on more sophisticated services, restoring the interrupted voicemail service and launching a multimedia messaging (MMS) service, which enables users to exchange messages that include multimedia objects, such as videos.


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