Ethiopia Has Ushered in the 4G Era

According to the report of The Fiji Times Online, a fourth generation (4G) mobile service has been launched by the state-run telecoms monopoly in the capital Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, because telecoms industry in Ethiopia wants to keep up with the high-speed communications in some east African neighbors like Kenya and Uganda.

It is the fact that telecoms industry is flourishing. We can see the data from the world bank, users around the all Africa are increasing from 25 million in 2001 to almost 650 million in 2013. Analysts say high-speed connections are playing a significant role in the development of economy. As we know, the 4G service in Ethiopia was signed with two Chinese mobile infrastructure two years ago. However, Ethiopia is one of the last countries to monopolize telecoms industry in Africa.

Although Ethiopia has lagged some neighbors in rolling out 4G, it still can reflect that some developing countries in Africa are increasingly improving technology to develop emerging industries. In other words, these countries are no longer poor and backward than before. Just like Ethiopia, it can promote its economy by win-win cooperation.

In the era of Web 2.0., individuals are easier to get news or information from the Internet and the most popular devices that people like to use is mobile phones (Lee, 2012), so that it is very important to develop telecoms industry, not only for natives but also for media.

Note: Lee, A.Y.L., 2012. Online news media in the Web 2.0 era: from boundary dissolution to journalistic transformation. Chinese Journal of Communication, 5(December 2014), pp.210–226.

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