Ethiopia: Ericsson launches school broadband project


Global telecommunication services operator Ericsson has launched a new school broadband project in Ethiopia aimed at boosting Internet services for local schools in an effort to increase infrastructure and services for the younger generation.

It said that it will bring “voice and data communications to the Millennium Village Project (MVP) in Koraro in a remote part of northern Ethiopia as a way of increasing understanding and access to Internet for schools. With access to 3G connectivity more than 4,000 students and their teachers at two schools involved in the Connect To Learn initiative will now have access to modern learning and teaching resources through Ericsson’s cloud-computing platform,” Ericsson said in a statement released on Thursday.

“In addition, community health workers in the Millennium Villages will be using mobile phones provided by Sony Mobile and broadband access provided by Ericsson to deliver healthcare services to households and collect health information for improved monitoring,” it added.
Ethiopia’s government has been pushing forward on Internet services and broadband efforts across the country and sees schools as the future of this process.

The company added that the project includes netbooks and wireless terminals to facilitate access to online educational resources, as well as ICT skills training.