Category: "ICT"

Ethiopia gets Microsoft software in Amharic

February 6th, 2010

Ethiopia gets Microsoft software in Amharic



US software giant Microsoft has launched Windows Vista in Amharic, the first operating system in the national language of Ethiopia, the official news agency said Saturday.

"Launching the Amharic version software is a major step forward for Amharic to be a language of technology," Director of the Ethiopian ICT Development Agency, Debretsion Gebremichael was quoted as saying by the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA).

He said 40 scholars from the Addis Ababa University had taken part in the translation of the software and added that plans were being drafted for translation into some of the nation's other languages.

"Ethiopia as a country of over 80 million people, has its own language and alphabet, and it is Microsoft?s desire to let this huge country use its Amharic service pack," ENA quoted Microsoft's Africa boss Cheick Modibo Diarra as saying.

French firm selected to manage Ethiopia Telecom

February 1st, 2010

French firm selected to manage Ethiopia Telecom

By Yohannes Anberbir

A French company is going to manage the state-owned telecoms provider in Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation (ETC), after winning the contract ahead of South African and Indian bids, government officials informed Capital.

ETC attracted many foreign companies when it floated a bid a few months ago inviting firms to undertake its management in a revenue sharing agreement.
However, only the three companies remained for the final selection process, according to the source.

MTN, a telecoms company based in South Africa and BNS an Indian firm were beaten by the French firm. However, despite extensive efforts, Capital was unable to discover from ETC the name of the victorious firm.
“I am out of the capital and it is difficult to give releases without referring to documents”, Amare Amsalu, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ETC, explained to Capital.
Though the winner is already known, negotiations with the company are still required, a source said, explaining the withholding of the information

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Ethiopia - Addis Ababa bans mobile phones while driving

December 30th, 2009
Traffic cop in Addis Ababa, Photo - Äthiopien Ethiopia

Ethiopia - Addis bans mobile phones while driving

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital, has introduced tough new traffic laws that became effective this past Monday. The use of seat belts is now enforced, mobile phones usage while driving is banned and giving alms at traffic lights is prohibited.

The newly issued Road Traffic Safety Regulations which were ratified by the Addis Ababa City Council prohibits pedestrians from jumping over the ring road barriers, walking on the thoroughfares and mandates crossing the streets using the white lined "zebra crossings".

Sergeant Chief Assefa Mezgebu, from the public relations office of the Addis Ababa City Police Commission Traffic Investigation and Control Department told Capital that pedestrians are strictly prohibited from walking and crossing roads in any area they want.

For drivers, failure to properly maintain their vehicles and diffusing music or other messages through loudspeakers while driving in the city are all punishable under the newly ratified safety regulation.

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Ethiopia - Microsoft to release Windows 7 in Amharic

November 27th, 2009

Ethiopia - Microsoft to release Windows 7 in Amharic

Microsoft announced that it will release Windows 7, its latest operating system, in Amharic (Ethiopia's official language) and several other African languages. The company said this is to increase usage, fight software piracy, increase use of local languages online and drive computer penetration beyond English and French, according to a report by Computer World

By 2011, Windows 7 will be available in languages such as Sesotho sa Leboa, Setswana, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Afrikaans, Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, kiSwahili and Amharic.

"This is about technology access in Africa in a familiar context and language that breaks down the barriers," said Mark Matunga, citizenship manager at Microsoft Eastern and Southern Africa.

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Girma Birru says Ethiopia not ready for WTO liberalisation steps

November 25th, 2009

Girma Birru says Ethiopia not ready for WTO liberalisation steps


Girma Birru

Ethiopia is not ready to bow to pressure to liberalise its telecoms and banking sectors while negotiating terms to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO), its trade minister said on Wednesday.

Analysts say the giant Horn of Africa country's hopes for WTO membership hinge on calls for the authorities in Addis Ababa to open those areas to international competition.

"There is a demand from some WTO member countries for Ethiopia to liberalise some of our service sectors and it will be subject to discussion in future negotiations," Trade Minister Girma Birru told Reuters in an interview.

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