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ICT in Ethiopia
BY Louise Mitchell
Ethiopia
18 October 2018
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ICT in Ethiopia


The Ethiopian government is the main growth driver of the country’s emerging information and communication technology (ITC) industry and it is placing great emphasis on using ICT to reach the goals of its growth and transformation plan. The country’s broadband market is set to develop with increases in international bandwidth, improvements in national fibre backbone infrastructure and the growing availability of mobile broadband services via 3G and LTE networks. The state-owned Ethio Telecom is the only provider of telecommunications services in Ethiopia. Sectors open for competition include equipment provision and downstream services such as call and data centres, messaging and applications.


Opportunities for Growth


Ethiopia’s internet penetration in 2016 was 15.4% while recent statistics show mobile penetration at 63%, with low penetration rates stemming from underdeveloped telecommunications infrastructure. With a population over 100 million and a median age of under 18 years, Ethiopia offers significant opportunities for ICT development, although there are many challenges including heavy regulation and government control over networks and poor telecommunications infrastructure. The June 2018 announcement by Ethiopia’s government that it would allow private domestic and foreign investment in a number of sectors including telecoms tentatively opens up one of the last biggest telecoms opportunities in Africa. The government took steps to liberalisation this year by issuing an internet service provider licence to a local private company.


Report Coverage


This report focuses on the information and communication technology industry in Ethiopia including telephony, internet and broadband, and the infrastructure that supports them. The information technology industry includes hardware manufacturing, assembly and supply, and software development and supply. The report profiles 28 companies including dominant state-owned Ethio Telecom. There are comprehensive profiles on companies such as G2G Clarity IT Solutions, which was awarded an internet service provider licence, mobile and cordless phone assembler Tana Communication and fintech company Kifiya Financial Technologies.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. COUNTRY INFORMATION 1
3. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 4
3.1. Industry Value Chain 6
3.2. Geographic Position 7
4. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 7
5. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 11
5.1. Local 11
5.1.1. Corporate Actions 14
5.1.2. Regulations 14
5.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 17
5.2. Continental 18
5.3. International 21
6. INFLUENCING FACTORS 23
6.1. Economic Environment 23
6.2. Government Initiatives 24
6.3. Private Sector Investment 25
6.4. Information Technology, Research & Development (R&D) and Innovation 27
6.5. Cybercrime and IT Security 27
6.6. Internet Censorship 28
6.7. Labour 29
6.8. Cyclicality 31
6.9. Environmental Concerns 31
6.10. Electricity Supply Constraints 32
7. COMPETITION 33
7.1. Barriers to Entry 33
8. SWOT ANALYSIS 34
9. OUTLOOK 34
10. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 35
11. REFERENCES 35
11.1. Publications 35
11.2. Websites 36
APPENDIX 1 – SUMMARY OF MAJOR PLAYERS 38
Computer Services and Related Equipment 38
Telecommunications and Related Equipment 39
COMPANY PROFILES - COMPUTER SERVICES AND RELATED EQUIPMENT 42
AFOMSOFT TECHNOLOGIES PLC 42
AFRICOM TECHNOLOGIES PLC 43
AHADOOTEC ICT SOLUTIONS PLC 45
ALTA COMPUTEC PLC 46
AMLION SYSTEMS PVT. LTD. CO. 48
CHINA COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES CORPORATION LTD 49
CNET SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGIES PLC 53
CREAVERS SERVICE PLC 54
EDMONIA ICT SOLUTIONS PLC 55
ETHIO TELECOM 56
ETHIOPIAN INCLUSIVE FINANCE TECHNOLOGY S.C. 59
FAIRFAX TECHNOLOGIES LLC 60
G2G IT SOLUTIONS S.C. 62
IE NETWORK SOLUTIONS PLC 64
INTRACOM ICT SOLUTION PLC 66
KIFIYA FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY PLC 68
MKTY INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES PLC 70
MOSS ICT CONSULTANCY PLC 72
PROFESSIONAL ELECTRONIC DATA SYSTEMS PLC 73
SYMBOL TECHNOLOGIES PLC 74
TANA COMMUNICATION PLC 75
TEAMY COMPUTER TECHNOLOGIES PLC 77
TRANSSION MANUFACTURING PLC 78
WEBSPRIX PLC 80
ZTE CORPORATION LTD 81
COMPANY PROFILES – TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED EQUIPMENT 87
BRODYNT GLOBAL SERVICES S.L. 87
CHINA COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES CORPORATION LTD 89
EDMONIA ICT SOLUTIONS PLC 93
ETHIO TELECOM 94
G2G IT SOLUTIONS S.C. 97
IE NETWORK SOLUTIONS PLC 99
MKTY INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES PLC 101
SPACE ENGINEERING LTD 103
SYMBOL TECHNOLOGIES PLC 105
TANA COMMUNICATION PLC 106
TRANSSION MANUFACTURING PLC 108
UNITED SYSTEM INTEGRATORS PLC 110
WEBSPRIX PLC 112
ZTE CORPORATION LTD 113