As people go online to meet and interact with friends and relatives or put up their latest photos, young homegrown entrepreneurs are creating money making opportunities and getting their share of the booming internet marketplace.
Huawei Technologies have been ordered by the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority (ERCA) to remove the US$13 million telecoms equipment it allegedly imported into the country illegally last year, according to a report.
It has been reported that an official at ECRA said the Chinese company is expected to pay five per cent of the total tax due on the equipment as well as the warehouse charges incurred over the past year.
The Addis Abeba Education Bureau said it will connect all secondary schools in the metropolises with the Schoolnet programme this academic year. About "2,500 computers have already been purchased at a cost of 23 million Br to connect the schools," Bureau head, Delamo Otore, said.
The connection would encourage interaction among teachers and students of secondary schools as well as helps students to benefit from computer networking, among others, according to Delamo.
There seems to be no service that Ethiopians of all colours complain about more than telecommunications. A sector destined to live under the reign of the restructured ethio telecom monopoly, telecommunications remains the hotspot for the disappointments of the ever-growing population of the nation.
LG Electronics is opening a million dollar Technical & Vocational Education & Training (TVET) College in September 2013.
The college will offer courses in Information Technology (IT); electronics; and television and cell phone maintenance. According to Yong Geun Choi, representative for LG's Ethiopia office and LG's director of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for the Middle East and Africa, the College will also offer additional courses in agriculture.
Choi was speaking at the launch of the LG Hope Village in Sendafa on April 16, 2013.
The Ministry of Communications & Information Technology (MoCIT) launched 49 e-service portals developed in order to enable seven governmental institutions give online services at a ceremony held at Churchill Hotel on November 22, 2012.
Two private IT solution providers were involved in developing and installing the e-service system, which cost 3.8 million Br, all provided by the World Bank. Africom Technologies Plc has developed 33 of the e-services with 2.8 million Br and eSystemAfricahad the rest 16 with one million Birr, both after winning the tender a year ago.
A pilot project to use mobile phones to enable health professionals to collect data, have it analyzed and give feedback is to be launched next week at a projected cost of around 370,000 dollars.
The project spearheaded by Technology for Change International, a non-governmental organization, aims to use 1,000 mobile handsets distributed to health professionals in four regions -Amhara, Tigray, Oromia and Southern - to collect data on pregnant women.
Ethiopian Electric Power Cooperation (EEPCo) and ethio-telecom, which reported losses of US$4.2 million and US$3.6 million, respectively, due to theft and intentional damages on their infrastructure this year, appealed to Ministry of Justice (MoJ) for stringent legal measures on those accused of committing these acts.