Category: "ICT"

ZTE to build mobile phone plant in Ethiopia

September 15th, 2008


China's ZTE to build mobile phone plant in Ethiopia

Two Ethiopian companies said on Monday they will work with Chinese telecoms gear maker ZTE Corp (0763.HK: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to build the African nation's first mobile phone assembly plant.

The $5.2 million facility in the northern town of Bhar Dar will be able to produce more than 3,000 handsets a day once it is up and running in 18 months' time, Janora Technology, one of the two Ethiopian firms, said in a statement.

The other local company is the Organisation for the Rehabilitation and Development of Amhara Region (TIRET).



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ZTE to assemble mobile phones in Ethiopia

September 13th, 2008

ZTE to assemble mobile phones in Ethiopia

Organization for Rehabilitation and Development of Amhara (TIRET) and ZTE, a China-based company, signed project agreement that enable the former to establish a mobile telephone apparatus assembly plant at a cost 50 million Birr in Ethiopia.

TIRET Chief Executive Officer, Yosef Reta and Vice President of ZTE Country Affiliate Office, Jhang Yan Meng signed the accord on Monday.

As per the agreement, TIRET and Janora Technology Plc will establish the assembly plant, which is to be called ‘Tana Communication Share Company’, in Bahir Day City of the Amhara State within 14 months. ZTE will be supplying the necessary machineries for the establishment of the plant and inputs to the new assembly plant.

The new assembly plant will have the capacity to produce 3,000-4,500 mobile apparatus daily, and thereby supply mobile telephone apparatus to local market at a fair price.

The plant will also produce wireless telephone apparatus that can provide internet service as well as video, audio, and text messages to subscribers.

Public Relations Advisor of the Prime Minister with rank of a minister, Bereket Simon, and Chief of the Amhara State Administration, Ayalew Gobeze, and other senior government officials attended the signing ceremony.

Source: ENA

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China's ZTE is to start assembling mobile phones in Ethiopia after signing a ETB50 million (US$5.2 million) deal with the Organization for Rehabilitation and Development of Amhara (TIRET). According to the agreement, TIRET and Janora Technology will build the assembly plant in Bahir Day City of the Amhara State within 14 months.

ZTE will be supplying the necessary machineries for the establishment of the plant and inputs to the new assembly plant.

The new assembly plant will have the capacity to produce between 3,000-4,500 mobile phones per day.

There is huge pent-up demand in the country for mobile phones, as was shown in the recent surge in the cost of handsets after the sole mobile operator, ETC released more capacity following a network upgrade. The sudden release of new SIM cards caused a run on handsets leading to shortages and price rises.

ZTE recently added 1.2 million GSM lines to the network capacity to cope with demand and a WCDMA overlay is also planed for some parts of the network. The company is currently deploying a 2.4 million line capacity CDMA network in the country.

The state owned monopoly ended Q1 '08 with an estimated 1.6 million subscribers, which according to figures from the Mobile World equates to a population penetration level of just 2%.

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ZTE to assemble mobile phones in Ethiopia

September 10th, 2008

ZTE to assemble mobile phones in Ethiopia

Organization for Rehabilitation and Development of Amhara (TIRET) and ZTE, a China-based company, signed project agreement that enable the former to establish a mobile telephone apparatus assembly plant at a cost 50 million Birr in Ethiopia.

TIRET Chief Executive Officer, Yosef Reta and Vice President of ZTE Country Affiliate Office, Jhang Yan Meng signed the accord on Monday.

As per the agreement, TIRET and Janora Technology Plc will establish the assembly plant, which is to be called ‘Tana Communication Share Company’, in Bahir Day City of the Amhara State within 14 months. ZTE will be supplying the necessary machineries for the establishment of the plant and inputs to the new assembly plant.

The new assembly plant will have the capacity to produce 3,000-4,500 mobile apparatus daily, and thereby supply mobile telephone apparatus to local market at a fair price.

The plant will also produce wireless telephone apparatus that can provide internet service as well as video, audio, and text messages to subscribers.

Public Relations Advisor of the Prime Minister with rank of a minister, Bereket Simon, and Chief of the Amhara State Administration, Ayalew Gobeze, and other senior government officials attended the signing ceremony.

Source: ENA

Ethiopia - Mobile phones prices skyrocket

August 25th, 2008

Ethiopia - Mobile phones prices skyrocket


By Kirubel Tadesse

The local market has increased prices on mobile handsets, taking advantage of the sudden huge demand that came following the pre-paid SIM cards release, which had been suspended for several months.

When the sole telecom provider, Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation (ETC), launched its latest sale of pre paid SIM cards almost two weeks ago, residents of Addis Ababa and neighboring cities formed long queues in front of shops selling the SIM cards. The mobile handsets market - like customers - was caught off guard when ETC released the SIM cards, and to take advantage of the sudden demand, has increased the prices of the handsets.
In Merkato, Gojam Berenda, Piassa and Bole road shops Capital surveyed, some of the handsets have nearly doubled in price. Nokia’s 1600 model which was just 450 birr two weeks ago is now sells for 750 birr.

The popular Motorola model L6 was sold for twelve hundred birr in recent weeks-only to go up by three hundred birr. Another Motorola, V3, which was once popular and sold for 3000 birr, had drooped down to one thousand birr in recent months. Following the SIM cards price shake up, it now sells for 1500 birr in Bole while Merkato shops asks 1450 birr.
Mobile shop sales persons- upon anonymity- explained to Capital that the price climb is only due to the increase in demand.


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Ethiopia - 3G Nokia’s Ethiopic phones enter market this month

August 18th, 2008

Ethiopia - 3G Nokia’s Ethiopic phones enter market this month

By Kirubel Tadesse

Source: Capital

Following the Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation's (ETC) release of pre paid SIM cards that has boosted mobile handset price, BravoCom, one of the youngest telecom service providers in the region, has ordered Ethiopic text Nokia phones with 3G capability that should enter the market toward the end of this month.

In an effort to localize products, mobile giant Nokia had launched five Amharic phones in September of this year. It is by adding another eleven models to this list that BravoCom plc, official distributor for Nokia, plans to make its presence felt in a market that recently has had to entertain sudden demand due to the release of SIM cards.
This has caught off guard major mobile phone distributors including Levi Girma Wake, General Manager and majority share holder of BravoCom.
In mobile phone shops Capital surveyed, pricing on handsets show increments as high as 45 ETB on average. The sudden demand seems to be able to last for a while as ETC officials are saying adequate SIM cards are available. The mobile phone market was slow for months and major distributors didn't have stock when ETC released the SIM cards last week.

BravoCom was not particularly hurt by the absence of SIM cards from the market as it secured a deal to distribute Nokia phones not only to Ethiopia but also to Horn of Africa countries.
Taking advantage of the duty free zone in neighboring Djibouti, BravoCom has established an independent company [BravoCom Free Zone Company] there. Levi explained to Capital that after shipping thousands of handsets to the Ethiopian market, shipping back what the local market didn't consume to the neighboring markets is unthinkable since the investment made to import them in the first place is high. "What we have done is to hold the products primarily in Djibouti. And as demand comes from Ethiopia, we ship to Ethiopia or supplement any other country, "Levi explained.

The sixteen mobile phones models [with Ethiopic characters that will also enable users to communicate in many local languages] are expected to be available in two weeks. They include already popular Nokia models such as the 3G Nokia 6600 and 6500. These are in addition to their Nokia CDMA handsets that are expected in the market shortly. Nokia's effort to localize phone technology has drawn local investments to the sector Levi himself was Nokia's East Africa Account Manager.

Levi details one measure distributors would like to see the government take. This is lifting tax on handsets in order to make them affordable. As an alternative to government income they propose an airtime increment, which currently ranks as the cheapest in the region, if not the world.

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