Category: "ICT"

Ethiopia - ETC says GPRS service now operational

July 26th, 2009

Ethiopia - ETC says GPRS service now operational

The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation on Thursday said that it had now begun offering GPRS services to its mobile clients.

Clients can now access their e-mails, download and upload various file formats from and to their mobile phones, a statement from the corporation said.

“Organizations that want to track the location of their transport vehicles that constantly move to and from the regions, can now attach a GPS system a GPRS Sim card and follow the movement of their vehicles,” ETC said.

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Ethiopia Telecom Launches GPRS

July 23rd, 2009

Ethiopia Telecom Launches GPRS

- The Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation (ETC) said it has begun providing ‘General Packet Radio Service’ (GPRS) that enables subscribers receive as well as send text, visual, and audio-video massages from the Internet using GPRS Enabled Mobile Apparatus.

Subscribers can read, view, and hear messages from the internet using their GPRS enabled mobile apparatus as well as send or download required message from websites using the GPRS technology, Corporate Communication Main Section Manager with the Corporation, Abdurahim Ahmed told ENA.

The new technology enables subscribers to obtain e-mail service through their GPRS enabled mobile apparatus, he said, however, access to GPRS is limited to postpaid mobile subscribers for the time being. The corporation envisages providing similar service to prepaid mobile subscribers in the future.

Service charge for GPRS will be based on the amount of kilobyte a subscriber sends (up-links) or receives (down-links) from the Internet, he said, adding every postpaid mobile subscriber will be charged one cent/kilobyte excluding registration fee of 45 Birr.

Moreover, he said, GPRS subscribers can determine the location of their vehicle(s) after connecting their GPRS enabled mobile apparatus with another technology of Global Positioning System (GPS).

Ethiopia is rolling out 250,000 laptops to schoolteachers

July 14th, 2009

Microsoft cloud computing gets down to earth

As U.S. companies begin exploring cloud computing this year, a school system on the other side of the globe has already leapt into the cloud. Ethiopia is rolling out 250,000 laptops to schoolteachers all over the country, all running on Microsoft's platform called Azure.

By Sharon Pian Chan

Seattle Times technology reporter

Teachers across Ethiopia are getting laptops to improve education around the country. The laptop software is managed remotely by Boston company FullArmor through Azure, Microsoft's cloud-computing network.
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Teachers across Ethiopia are getting laptops to improve education around the country. The laptop software is managed remotely by Boston company FullArmor through Azure, Microsoft's cloud-computing network.

Today to Thursday, New Orleans: An annual conference for Microsoft's partners, companies that sell, distribute and install and build on Microsoft software. Partners range from small consulting firms to large retailers such as Best Buy.

What's expected: Microsoft plans to make announcements about new products that will arrive on the market this year. CEO Steve Ballmer and presidents of the business divisions are scheduled to give speeches.

For the past year, the tech world has buzzed with talk of the next big thing: cloud computing. Hailed as a breakthrough that will allow companies to compute without much hardware, the technology has pushed companies such as Microsoft, and Google to stake their claim.

As U.S. companies start exploring doing some of this computing this year, a school system on the other side of the globe has already leapt into the cloud. Ethiopia is rolling out 250,000 laptops to its schoolteachers nationwide, all running on Microsoft's cloud platform, called Azure.

The laptops will allow teachers to download curriculum, keep track of academic records and securely transfer student data throughout the education system, without having to build a support system of hardware and software to connect them

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Ethiopia Classroom communication destroys outdated stereotypes

July 6th, 2009

Ethiopia Classroom communication destroys outdated stereotypes

By Addis Mulugeta


Market research has shown that young people in the most developed nations, including the UK, think Africa is one place that is hot, dry, poor and mono-cultural; and that young people in Africa think UK people are rich, white, mono-cultural, superior and unwelcoming.
A new program advocates that close communication and understanding can destroy these outdated negative stereotypical perspectives and form productive partnerships.
In this particular program to develop the images of Africa and the UK, the British Council's global project is investing in future generations by making connections between Africa and the UK's teachers and students.
To this end, Program Manager of Sub-Sahara Africa, Jene Henry, arrived in Addis Ababa to attend the international school partnerships seminar held at the Hilton Hotel from July 4-7.
Head teachers, teachers, local education authorities and representatives from Sub-Saharan African, including in Ethiopia from Dessie, Axsum Assela, and representatives from the UK attended the seminar.
Connecting Classrooms is a British Council global project that establishes and develops long-term, sustainable partnerships between education authorities and schools in the UK and the rest of the world with a view to creating global citizens through intercultural dialogue.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, the project started in 2006. By 2009, 100 partnerships had been formed between 900 schools in 18 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK.
Nejat Nuru, Project Manager of Connecting classrooms in Ethiopia told Capital that in Ethiopia there are at least 45 schools and three regional education bureaus involved in connecting classrooms projects.
The schools are located in eight different regions, including Addis Ababa. In this particular project, almost 108 Ethiopian teachers travelled to different African countries and the UK at different times since the commencement of the project as per the partnership plan of the schools.
She added that students have been involved in different joint curriculum activities in programmes, such as English language, environmental protection, ICT and arts and culture.
In an exclusive interview with Capital, Ms. Jene Henry said that the objective of the project is to develop a more positive attitude in young people towards each other's countries and cultures based on greater knowledge and the capacity and willingness to engage across cultures, developing the skills necessary for successful intercultural dialogue.
In addition, the aim is to enable young people to develop their skills, and create opportunities to become global citizens and act as agents of positive social change. Moreover, they will be able to contribute to education policies that support internationalism and respect the contribution of young people.
Ms. Jene Henry added that at the moment, the British Council works with London University to research the impact of the project in Sub-Saharan Africa and in the UK. Now, the UK teachers are talking about the benefit the UK students have had because they are actually linking with two Sub-Saharan African countries. The benefits for the UK students are that they learn more about Africa and have even struck up relationships with individual African students.
Particularly, they understand Africa is a huge continent with a large amount of diversity. Likewise, African students and teachers have changed their negative attitudes towards the UK.
The British Council has achieved this project by engaging with national education policy makers, creating a dialogue about international strategies in education and the development of global citizens.
By forming collaborating partnerships between district education authorities to work on continued professional development for head teachers and teachers it also improves the variety and quality of teaching

Ethiopia - ETC announces resolution of poor mobile service

July 4th, 2009

Ethiopia - ETC announces resolution of poor mobile service


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia -
The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) said yesterday it was working on upgrading its network in a bid to centralize the mobile service and improve the overall quality of service in Addis Ababa.

The corporation anticipated that quality-related inconveniencies, including poor voice quality, call termination or flouting, noise interference and other problems would be resolved upon completion of the project.

The corporation said in a statement that the previous mobile network capacity, which was less than one million, would grow to 2.5 million as a result the new expansion project.

Over 80 percent of the network segregation work has already been completed, and ETC said the optimization work, which is under way at some 400 stations in Addis Ababa, is expected to be completed within a few weeks.

Alongside the efforts in segregation and optimization, in order to sustain its services during times of power supply shortage in Addis Ababa, the corporation said it has deployed generators at 150 of its stations.

The corporation has also plans under way to install more facilities at the rest of its stations.