Environment and sustainable development an Ethiopian perspective

Internet and Mobile subscribers

Posted by 4kilo on April 16, 2007

Ethiopia’s performance with regard to internet subscribers is frustrating ,with only 2 subscribers per 1000 people , is the lowest even among other fragile states . Ethiopia continues to hit bottom also in mobile and land line subscribers according to World bank ‘Global Monitoring report 2007’. This isn’t really fair for a country which had telephone service even earlier than Japan.At this time of civilization where information is everything, keeping Ethiopians in the darkness is the worst crime one can do to its own people.We all know even the two subscribers alleged to have enjoyed internet connection are using a dial up connection with the slowest possible connection speed with censorship.In this regard Ethiopia is currently performing as Iraq and Afghanistan.The much needed development and the poverty reduction strategies will only be effective if only people are informed and use them accordingly.

Millennium development goals country profile and Global Monitoring Report 2007 only confirms we are far from the would be targets.


3 Responses to “Internet and Mobile subscribers”

  1. Dan said

    It is undeniably true that communication plays a great role in fastening the process leading up to economic development and better life, provided that people are equipped to apply the existing communications mediums in the effort they make to improve their. However in our case I don’t believe it is the low rate of internet and telephone subscription that is playing the main role for us living in darkness.

    We have to bear in mind that majority of the population has never had access to primary school, let alone using the internet. I guess the point would have been made better if it was about what the 2 in 1000 could do to contribute something valuable in facilitating other endeavors that takes precedence over the access to the internet.

  2. 4kilo said

    even among those ethiopians who can appreciate and use internet how many of them do you think can afford to subscribe for internet connection? it is difficult to check your e-mail let alone surfing the web to get what you want.Clearly Ethiopia needs billions to improve its power sector or to fight HIV and Malaria but for communications mobile,internet…. i believe we don’t billions what we need is good policy.ETC monoply has to stop.Had ETC able to give the services it would have been much better but it is not happening and we have no time this has to be done by someone else it is a fact we need to face.When those few who can subscribe to internet connection enjoy surfing the net at a reasonable price then the masses will benefit from those few which had access to the information.Now the price is not fair when compared to our standard read here http://www.meskelsquare.com/archives/2006/02/speed_trials.html an intersting article from Meskelsquare and check out Dagmawi January 6,2007 post http://www.geocities.com/~dagmawi/Zebenya/Zebenya.html

  3. Dan said

    Thank you for the links.

    It is important to engage in a welll rounded study in ordero identify the problems and hurdels created by the ETC over the other private sectors and people affording internet and telephone access, not only identifying but also the degree to which these problems are dragging down the impacted sectors and what these secotors could have made if there were not these high price and poor quality problems created by the ETC.

    For one thing, there should be a well thought attention given to every constitutive element to make a good handle of the problems and clearly see the significance of the solution. For the other, with out such thorough comprehensive study of the problem, its implication on the other sectors and the public and the level to which these problems pulled back the social,economic and political development of our society, there is no way a clear and objective case made against the parties who refuse to privatise. Furthermore, there would not be a clear vision of what would happen and be done if privatized, without clear understanding of what I stated above.

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