Category: "ICT"

Finnish investors identify ICT business opportunities in Ethiopia

November 27th, 2008

Finnish investors identify ICT business opportunities in Ethiopia

By Addis Mulugeta

Source: Capital

Finnish business delegates announced they have identified Information and Communication Technology (ICT) business opportunities in Ethiopia during discussions with the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association (ECCSA) and local companies on November 17.
According to Finland’s Deputy Director General for External Economic Relations, Pekka Saila, Ethiopia is one of the Finnish business community’s priority areas for investment opportunity.

“We are trying to promote a good Ethiopian investment environment and convince Finnish investors to come and see the advantages for themselves,” Ms. Saila said, emphasizing the success of the talks.

World giant mobile manufacturer, Nokia is one of the most visible Finnish entrants to Ethiopian markets. The company has recently extended customized phone offerings for the country that feature Ethiopic characters.

Identifying existing challenges in areas of labor law, land and finance, the delegation worked on investment-facilitating solutions.
Vice President of ECCSA, Muluwork Kidanemariam, emphasized new channels for cooperation between the chamber and various government offices that he says should work towards easing barriers to trade.

Other issues raised included the lack of skilled manpower and experience. To this the chamber has cited the legal framework that aides government institutions to conduct relations with businesses in the Public-Private Partnership Dialogue.
According to data from the Ethiopian Investment Agency, as of June 2008, 11 Finnish companies with a total capital of 36.6 million birr are invested in Ethiopia. In terms of trade volume, Ethiopia exported products to Finland worth 18.5 million birr in 2007 and imported various machineries worth 207.8 million birr in the same year.

China's ZTE to boost ETC's Ethiopia mobile users

November 19th, 2008

China's ZTE to boost ETC's Ethiopia mobile users

ADDIS ABABA, Nov 19 (Reuters
) - Ethiopia Telecommunications Corp (ETC) plans to boost mobile subscribers to 15 million in two years, from 2.2 million now, using $1.5 billion from China's ZTE Corp O763.HK, the Ethiopian firm said on Wednesday.

ZTE, China's second-largest telecoms gear maker, agreed in July to build a national network in the Horn of Africa country. It is building a $5.2 million plant in northern Ethiopia to make handsets, and industry sources say it will also set up a CDMA network with capacity for 2.4 million Ethiopian subscribers.

Abdurahim Ahmed, head of communications for ETC, said the company also planned to increase the country's number of fixed telephone lines to 4.4 million by 2010 from 1.1 million now.

Chinese telecoms gear makers such as ZTE have made strides in recent years into more mature markets, and have long been established in emerging areas such as India and Africa.

Ethiopia - Nokia strives to boost local demand with more Ethiopic phones

November 17th, 2008

Ethiopia - Nokia strives to boost local demand with more Ethiopic phones

By Kirubel Tadesse

Capital

In an effort to woo mobile phone buyers’, the Finnish mobile giant Nokia has launched three new handsets featuring Ethiopic characters that support Amharic and other local languages.

A Nokia Phone with Ethiopic Characters. Photo sent to nazret.com by Nokia

Characterized by a large population but with challenging economic conditions resulting in tight spending on mobile handsets, Nokia and other manufacturers have keenly eyed emerging markets such as Ethiopia and other Horn of African countries. Nokia pioneered local adaptations when it first launched five Amharic supported phones back in September 2007. Earlier, the mobile giant has released products that support Swahili language.
The Amharic phones released over a year ago didn’t shake the local markets and failed to give the brand a clear advantage as Tomi Poatsila and other senior regional executives had predicted at the Addis Ababa launching ceremony.



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Ethiopia - Ethiopian Airlines bypasses ETC with satellite internet link

November 17th, 2008

Ethiopian Airlines bypasses ETC with satellite internet link


By Kirubel Tadesse

Due to repeated operational setbacks caused by poor internet service from the Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC), the national carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, is soon to implement an expensive satellite connection, Capital learned.

Ethiopia’s biggest company got the green light for the satellite internet service implementation after the federal government relaxed regulations on Ethiopian’s dependence on the state telecom monopoly which has been providing special bandwidth for the airline.
Ahead of 2010, when the much delayed 787 Dreamliner deliveries are expected to be realized, Ethiopian wants to fully implement the technology as the aircraft’s operational, engineering and maintenance processes need a highly efficient and continuously available two-way internet connection with Boeing and other related vendors’ websites.


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One Laptop Per Child -- Education in Ethiopia - Video

November 15th, 2008

Ed's Note: Many of our readers expressed interest in helping out. The New York Times had an article today on ways you can help. Here is what NYT wrote today, For $399, a person can donate an XO laptop and also receive one. Or donors can simply donate $199, to give a child a laptop, at www.amazon.com/xo

One Laptop Per Child -- Education in Ethiopia - Video

The "One Laptop per Child" project established by a US non-profit organisation was set up to make laptops and Internet access available to children in the developing world.

Mass production began one year ago of the XO-1 Laptop, and 700,000 of them are now in use. In Ethiopia, 5000 computers have been bought with donations, and we visited Addis Abeba and a nearby village to see how they are changing the lives of teachers and students.

Watch the following video by Deutsche Welle

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