Category: "ICT"

Ethiopia - SMS service resumes in Ethiopia

September 14th, 2007


Ethiopia - SMS service resumes in time for Ethiopia's Millennium

September 14, 2007

Ethiopian Telecom Corporation yesterday resumed its text messaging services, which had been banned during the political unrest that followed the contested 2005 polls.

"[Wishing] you [a] happy Ethiopian Millennium. And now the SMS service is launched," read a message sent to all users.

The government had banned text messaging, arguing that opposition movements were using it to co-ordinate their activities before and after the polls.

The opposition claimed it was robbed of victory by the camp of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and that it was fiercely repressed by security forces.

The resumption of text messaging services was the latest in a string of goodwill measures marking the country's third millennium celebrations.

Ethiopia follows a unique, slightly modified version of the Julian calendar and ushered in the 21st century on Wednesday, seven years after the rest of the world. - Sapa-AFP

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Ethiopia - First IT Outsourcing Center in Ethiopia Opened

August 30th, 2007
eVentive office in Addis Ababa

First Offshore IT Outsourcing Center in Ethiopia Opened by eVentive

CHICAGO and ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/
-- eVentive, LLC, a Chicago-based IT consulting and outsourcing firm, has announced the opening of its offshore IT outsourcing center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The outsourcing center, the first of its kind in the region, became operational with the graduation of the first class of Ethiopian consultants from eVentive's exclusive training program.

Addis Ababa, a thriving metropolis of nearly 3 million, offers a large workforce of English-speaking IT professionals. One major advantage that Addis Ababa offers over other outsourcing destinations is its 8 hour time difference with US Central time. This provides a significant daily window for live communications. At the national level, the government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has targeted Information Technology and Communications (ITC) as one of its top 5 priorities for development, which has resulted in significant investments in ITC infrastructure. As an emerging economy, Ethiopia offers cost advantages that cannot be matched by many countries that provide offshore IT outsourcing services.

eVentive's outsourcing center is poised to contribute to the rapidly growing Ethiopian economy by offering IT consulting and outsourcing services to U.S. and Ethiopian companies. eVentive's BlueNile(TM) offshoring methodology ensures project success by combining U.S.-based project management with highly trained Ethiopian resources. eVentive's Ethiopian consultants undergo a rigorous training program, BlueNile SED(TM). The 5-week program has been adapted for Ethiopia, and develops a balance of high-level technical and business skills.

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eVentive, with its local partner United Systems Integrators, commenced Ethiopian operations with projects for both Ethiopian and US Fortune 500 customers. "eVentive's introduction of U.S.-style consulting and outsourcing services will be a key to technology growth in the region, as well as a great advantage to its US customers," says Michael Shebelle, President of United System Integrators in Ethiopia. "eVentive's expertise in process and technology, coupled with the local talent, offers great value for US customers seeking the advantages of offshore outsourcing."

eVentive, LLC is an established consulting and outsourcing firm based in Chicago, Illinois. Its customers include McKesson, Volkswagen of America, and The Northern Trust Company. United Systems Integrators, Plc. is a highly-regarded hardware systems integrator in Addis Ababa, and has delivered hardware and networking products and services to some of the largest companies in the region.

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About Yemiru Chanyalew

Source: eVentive

Yemiru brings extensive operational management, strategy, process and technical leadership skills to eVentive. In his previous capacity, Yemiru was Sr. Vice president of Operations (Chicago) for One Inc.

As chief architect of Mercury and Apollo software (award winner of call center and CTI magazine), he was one of the early thought leaders in the areas of CRM and Computer Telephony Integration software. Additionally, Yemiru provides expertise in business process re-engineering, decision support; call center, sales force automation and large relational database design.

Yemiru is the founder of eVentive LLC and his credentials include a Masters of Science degree in Management Information Systems and a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science from Loyola University in Chicago.

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Ethiopia - Internet troubles to ease soon - Gebremichael

August 27th, 2007


File Photo: Internet user in Addis Ababa Ethiopia Photo Andrew Heavens
Ethiopia - Internet troubles to ease soon

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia -

Internet connection problems are going to improve within a few weeks, said Debretsion Gebremichael, Director General of the Ethiopian ICT Development Agency last Monday.

He disclosed this in a press conference given in relation to World Information Technology Forum (WITFOR 2007), was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 22 to 24 August, in the presence of ministers and dignitaries from around the world.

“Senior engineers are in Ethiopia working on the broadband to solve the country’s internet problems in the short term and improve quality,” the Director General said.

CISCO, a leading global internet service provider, said on Sunday it was set to provide faster broadband services, free of charge, as part of efforts to curb and ameliorate the broadband internet connection service rendered by the Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC).
Briefing reporters on the new service on Monday, on the sidelines of the World IT forum, Director General of the Ethiopian Information Communication Agency, Debretsion Gebremichael, said the task was already underway by six CISCO IT engineers who will seek ways of shifting to a new broadband connection in place of the older one aimed, at rendering better quality service to subscribers.

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Debretsion said that the prevailing broadband service troubles in the country which “have become a bottle-neck” to development activities will ease after the completion of the task.
He said that CISCO’s operation was being offered free of charge and the new broadband service is expected to be accomplished and available to subscribers in less than a year.

The project is hoped to give short term solutions to the complicated systems problem with the broadband today, Debretsion said, adding the government was working on a more sustainable and long-term solution which he said would take 2-3 years.

The long-term solution is known as the Ring Net or Ring Fiber Optics Solutions, according to the Director General.

ETC’s service is said to be “fractured” and provides poor access in networked systems. The Broadband service, a novelty to the country, was introduced by ETC in 2005. According to available information, around 26,642 subscribers to the service were registered until March, 2006, while a growing number of households, private and government institutions are using the relatively cheaper tariff Dial Up leased line and shared DSL internet service.

The broadband service has also enabled ETC to provide telephone services to some 5,000 rural kebeles since March 2006.
Globally, over 63 million new subscribers of broadband service appear every year and the number of users is estimated to reach 72% by the year 2010, according to an ETC publication issued in 2007.

Studies have shown that advancement in the use of ICT in developing nations is a key booster of socio-economic development as well as the general progress and well-being of individuals and communities.
ICT has been identified as a key factor that determines a country’s ability to attain the Millennium Development Goals, such as eliminating poverty, combating serious diseases, improving access to education and providing equal opportunities for women.

ICT experts say partnerships involving governments, regulators and the private sector can offer sustainable and widespread access to 80 percent of the African population that remains outside the technology platform.

The Conference was opened by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who said the conference was of much help in that it would offer opportunities for developing countries like Ethiopia to interact and share experiences and helping cement global partnership for development with the view to attaining the Millennium Development Goals.

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Ethiopia - UN-backed Forum examines role of ICT

August 23rd, 2007

UN-backed forum examines role of ICT in achieving development targets

23 August 2007 –

Over 1,000 participants from 66 countries have gathered at the United Nations Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to explore how the latest information and communication technology (ICT) can help countries overcome poverty and advance development.

“ICT for Development and Prosperity” is the theme for the three-day World Information Technology Forum which kicked off yesterday in the Ethiopian capital.

The Forum grew out of the 2003 and 2005 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which affirmed the importance of bridging the so-called “digital divide” that separates poor communities from affluent ones through their lack of access to such technology. It seeks to help developing countries in particular to use ICT to achieve the set of agreed global anti-poverty targets known as the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

At the Forum’s opening session, Abdoulie Janneh, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), underlined the vital role of the knowledge economy in Africa.

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In a message read by Aida Opoku-Mensah, ECA’s Director of ICT, Science and Technology Division, Mr. Janneh stressed that “through globalization new ideas and innovation are spreading faster than ever before and as a result, knowledge-based development is becoming a reality for all countries irrespective of whether they are developed or developing.”

Participants will look at successful and sustainable ICT strategies in developing countries, as well as issues such as human resource development, leapfrogging rural communications and low-cost telecommunication systems and information services for rural communities.

The Forum is organized by the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) in cooperation with the ECA, the Ethiopian Government, the Ethiopian ICT Development Agency (EICTDA) and the Ethiopian IT Professional Association (EITPA).

Also in Addis Ababa, a new publication released today highlights the vital role of a strong media and communication environment to a developed and prosperous Africa.

The publication, “Framework for the Development of a Sustainable and Pluralistic Media,” states that achieving the MDGs requires a free and democratic environment in which the media can play an effective role in promoting sustainable development, fighting corruption and promoting good governance, according to a press release issued by ECA.

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Ethiopia - Cisco to provide faster broadband services

August 22nd, 2007


File Photo: Internet user in Addis Ababa Ethiopia Photo Andrew Heavens

Ethiopia - Cisco to Replace ETC's Poor Broadband Connection

Daily Monitor

By Endale Assefa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia -

CISCO, a global leading internet service provider[sic*] on Sunday said it was set to provide faster broadband services, free of charge, as part of efforts to curb and ameliorate the "broadband" internet connection service rendered by the Ethiopian telecommunication Corporation (ETC).

Briefing reporters on the new service on Monday, on the sidelines of the World IT forum, Director General of the Ethiopian Information Communication Agency Debretsion Gebremichael, said the task was already underway by six CISCO IT engineers who will seek ways of shifting to a new broadband connection in place of the older one aimed with a view to render better quality service to subscribers.

Debretsion said the prevailing problems broadband service in the country which "has become a bottle-neck" to development activities will ease after the completion of the task.

He said CISCO's operation was being done free of charge and the new broadband service is expected to be accomplished and become available to subscribers in less than a year.

The project is hoped to give short term solution to the complicated system problem with the broadband today, Debretsion said, adding the government was working on a more sustainable and long-term solution which he said would take 2-3 years.

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The solution is known as the Ring Net or Ring Fiber Optics Solutions, according to the Director General.

"Ring net solutions is a networking platform having improved gate way pipe lines with more routes( could be 2,3 or up to 5) which is capable of rendering high quality, sustainable with better connection service to Ethiopia with the rest of the world," the Director General said explaining on the solution.

He said the system would be able to link government institutions through a "high speed" and "reliable" network capable of providing video, voice, data and internet connectivity services for improving the delivery of services to government institution's community and to the citizens at large.

ETC's service is said to be "fractured" and provides poor access in networking system The Broadband service, a novelty to the country until 2005, was introduced by ETC which "so proudly" announced about the new internet service, inviting clients to subscribe for it.

To the dismay and embarrassment of customers who took the advertisement for granted and hastened to buy the new service, the "broadband" was found to be not any better than the Dial UP connection.

The fact that the so called broadband was too costly was the only difference that was there fro the Dial UP, subscribers' complain.

Broadband service started in Ethiopia in 2005.

According to available information, around 26, 642 subscribers to the service were registered until March, 2006; while a growing number of households, private and government institutions are using the relatively cheaper tariff Dial Up leased line and shared DSL internet service.

The broadband service has also enabled to provide telephone services to some 5000 rural kebeles of the country by March, 2006.

Globally, over 63 million new subscribers of broadband service appear every year and the number of users is estimated to reach 72% by the year 2010, according to a publication prepared by the Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporations, 2007.

Studies have shown advancement in use of ICTs in developing nations is a key booster of socio-economic development, as well as the general progress and well-being of individuals and communities.

ICT has been identified as a key factor that determines a country's ability to attain the Millennium Development Goals, such as eliminating poverty, combating serious diseases, improving access to education and providing equal opportunities to women.

ICT experts say partnerships involving governments, regulators and the private sector can offer sustainable and widespread access to the 80 percent of the African population that remains outside the technology platform.

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NOTE:
*Cisco is not an ISP (Internet Service Provider as was reported above by Daily Monitor, it is the leading supplier of networking equipment & network management for the Internet according to its website.

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