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Ethiopia, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, is a country situated in the Horn of Africa. It is the 2nd-most populous nation in Africa, bordered by Eritrea to the north, Djibouti to the northeast, Somalia to the east, Kenya to the south, and Sudan to the west. Ethiopia is the oldest independent country in Africa and one of the oldest in the world. It is also the second-oldest official Christian nation in the world after Armenia. It has long been an intersection between the civilizations of North Africa, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. Unique among African countries, Ethiopia was never colonised, maintaining its independence throughout the Scramble for Africa onward, except for a five-year period (1936-41) when it was under Italian occupation. Historically Ethiopia was called Abyssinia.

Internet Usage Statistics:
360,000 Internet users as of June/2009, 0.4% of the population, according to ITU.

Latest Population Estimate:
85,237,338 population for 2009, according to US Census Bureau.

Gross National Income:
GNI per capita ('08) is US$ 280.00.

Country Area:
1,127,127 sq km

Internet Usage and Population Growth:




% Pen.

Usage Source




0.0 %





0.2 %

ITU Sept/05




0.2 %

ITU March/07




0.4 %

ITU March/08




0.4 %

ITU June/09

Ethiopia Profile by the BBC

Ethiopia Profile from the CIA Factbook

Ethiopia Profile from the wikipedia

Ethiopia Search Engines and Directories:
The Ethiopia Index from the Norwegian Council for Africa.

dmoz Directory
Ethiopia regional directory.

Ethiopian Search Engines
Search Engine Colossus Directory for Ethiopia.

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Growing Internet Use and ICT in Ethiopia

Ethiopia Telecommunications Market Overview, Statistics and Forecasts
Ethiopia still practices a monopoly in almost all areas of its telecoms sector. Market penetration is still very low, but major efforts to roll out a national fibre backbone and wireless access networks have resulted in an acceleration of growth in all market segments. Further massive investments into fixed, mobile and Internet services, totalling US$4 billion, are planned for the five years to 2012. The government is intent on eventually privatising the national operator, ETC, and introducing competition in mobile and Internet services. This report provides an overview of the telecommunications sector in Ethiopia, a profile of ETC, key statistics, and scenario forecasts for the years 2010 and 2015.

17 August 2009

Ethiopia is one of the few African countries still practising a monopoly in its telecoms sector though with an independent regulator. Total telephone line penetration remains very low. However, the government is intent on privatising the national operator, Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation, and introducing competition in mobile and Internet services. The mobile sector has been growing by 100% or more per annum in recent years, taking the network to its capacity limit and resulting in major infrastructure expansion efforts. Several broadband initiatives launched during 2004 promise to bring the country closer to the information society. The national operator, ETC, has budgeted a record amount for the financial year 2004/2005 for infrastructure improvements. This report carries details of the developments taking place in Ethiopia’s telecommunications market with key industry statistics.

Ethiopia's government with a new IT program is endevouring, in a way similar to several other African countries for leap out of decaying public services with the help of IT. The dream is to jump an entire generation of infrastructure by going directly to internet technology.

The Ethiopian prime minister, talks of IT providing a short cut to development, according to Michael Cross in The Guardian, London. In Ethiopia only 1.2% of the population has a telephone and the 0.1% Internet usage is low even by African standards. Read the complete original article at The Guardian.

Further readings on Ethiopia:

Africa Broadcasting and Telecommunications Reports
Get the latest information about Africa from the largest
global telecommunications research site on the Web.

Cyber Ethiopia
Ethiopian search engine and web directory, in English.

Ethiopia Market
Ethiopian business directory, in English.

Ethiopian web directory, in English.


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