Category: "ICT"

Ethiopia Telecom appoints new CEO, COO

September 14th, 2010

Ethiopia Telecom appoints new CEO, COO

By Muluken Yewondwossen

Capital

The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) is expected to appoint a new manager replacing the resigning CEO Amare Amsalu. The newcomer that is expected to oversee operational work will act as the Chief Operating Officer under the Chief Executive Officer. The new CEO will be appointed by France Telecom within the next two weeks. The latter has taken over the management for the next four years as of this month.
Issayas Dagnew, is set to take the COO position of the state owned monopoly telecom company that is expected to replace Amare Amsalu. According to sources, the new CEO from France Telecom will take over his position in the coming two weeks.
The French telecom company also presented a new structural plan that will overhaul the corporation’s capacity by implementing enhanced Telecom Operations Map (eTOM).
The new ETC management will work in conjunction with France Telecom that clinched a contract to take over the management for the next four years aiming to take the state-owned company to a higher level in capacity and efficiency.
The new proposed management system will also minimize the number of managers and staff under the departments. According to the new structure the new management that represents the Ethiopian side will work alongside with the management team of France Telecom and learn effective management.
eTOM structure is the most widely used and accepted standard for business processes in the telecommunications industry. eTOM model describes the full scope of business processes required by a service provider and defines key elements and how they interact.
The eTOM Business Process Framework drives down operational costs by analyzing all facets of an organization’s processes, thereby eliminating duplication, identifying missing process steps, expediting new development, and simplifying procurement, thus scaling up the effectiveness and business plan of the corporation that has been criticized over the last many decades.
Amare Amsalu served about four years as CEO of the corporation. Prior to his appointment as head of the telecommunication provider he served the corporation as a vice CEO for operations of fixed line division for one year.
Before his transfer to the head office in Addis Ababa, he worked as head of North East Regional office of the corporation. People who know him before his appointment as a CEO said that he was successful on sales during his stay at Bahir Dar’s regional office of the state telecom provider.
Amare also run for Regional Council seat at the recently held fourth national election and was elected for Amhara Regional Council on behalf of his party, Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).

Ethiopia - ETC CEO resigns on threshold of French take-over

September 7th, 2010

ETC CEO resigns on threshold of French take-over

By Muluken Yewondwossen

Capital

Amare Amsalu, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the state-owned telecom provider Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation (ETC) has resigned from his position as per September 15, 2010 Capital has learned.
France Telecom, the French based telecom company has recently got a contract agreement with ETC to take over the management for the next four years to modernize the state-owned company.
The official hand over of the management to French is expected to take place this month. According to information obtained from officials at the ETC, the Ethiopian management team will also be part of the France Telecom-led management team. For this new management system ETC is selecting new managers from its own members of staff and other organizations.
The new management staff of ETC is expected to get a CEO from another organization, according to a source. The new ETC director will work closely with the France Telecom CEO. However, the source did not specify, who will come and from where.
An official at ETC told Capital that, according to the plan, the new management that will work with the French side will soon be assigned but he couldn’t say anything about a new CEO. “It is in a too early stage to say anything about appointments” the official explained.
Amare has served about four years as head of ETC. He replaced the previous CEO, Tesfaye Birru, who is now in jail for corruption charges in connection with the purchase of telecommunication equipment.

Ethiopia world's second most expensive place to get a fixed broadband connection

September 2nd, 2010

Ethiopia world's second most expensive place to get a fixed broadband connection

You think your broadband fix is expensive? Think again.

A report released by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) reveals that, Ethiopia has the second most expensive fixed broadband service anywhere in the world. A broadband service taken for granted in much of the developed world would literally cost, an arm, a leg and some in Ethiopia. According to ITU figures, it would cost nearly 21 times the average monthly salary in Ethiopia.

The most expensive place for broadband is Central African Republic. Ethiopia which has recently been ranked as the second poorest country behind Niger has one of the lowest mobile and internet subscribers ratio in the world. According to world internet users, less than 1 percent of Ethiopians use internet.

More than five years has passed since Meles Zenawi promised universal internet access in Ethiopia within three years. The country has a shameful record in almost all ICT indicators.

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Ethiopia's Sophia Bekele says interest high for Dot Africa domain

August 17th, 2010

Ethiopia's Sophia Bekele says interest high for Dot Africa domain

Sophia Bekele, the Ethiopian born founder and executive director of DotConnectAfrica (DCA), the nonprofit umbrella organization for the .africa domain initiative, said interest for a Dot Africa domain is very high.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has yet to approve the top-level domain(TLD) name .Africa.

Bekele, a policy adviser to ICANN between 2005 and 2007, said the idea for an .africa domain came up at the time she advised ICANN on existing top-level domains like .com and .org, and geographical names like .eu and .asia.

"I asked why not .africa? I initially went to the existing African grouping and African persons serving on the board, and I was told it was a very difficult task getting the African governments to agree," she said.

Bekele said she has spent the past two years working with the African Union's (AU) infrastructure commission to get the endorsements required for the application to ICANN.


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ETC Contracts Gilat to Expand Ethiopian SchoolNet Project

June 3rd, 2010

ETC Contracts Gilat to Expand Ethiopian SchoolNet Project

satellitetoday

Gilat Satellite Networks has been chosen by Ethiopia's national telecom operator, Ethiopian Telecommunication Corp. (ETC), to provide satellite communications equipment for deployment as part of the country’s nationwide SchoolNet project, Gilat announced June 2.

SchoolNet, a satellite-based network which provides Internet connectivity as well as TV-broadcast educational content to secondary schools across Ethiopia, aims to provide students in hundreds of rural schools with access to equal learning opportunities to those in urban schools. ETC will integrate Gilat's satellite communications equipment to expand the network to serve several hundred additional schools.

Gilat is currently providing ETC with an upgrade to its existing VSAT network to enable delivery of advanced broadband services. ETC also is deploying Gilat's VSATs at remote community centers to provide Ethiopian citizens with telephony and broadband Internet access.