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Title: A liberalized telecommunications Sector for ethiopia: the regulatory Frame work and its prospect
???metadata.dc.contributor.*???: Ato Aman Assefa (LLB, LLM)
Bewketu, Leyew
Keywords: competitive environment should be created for the telecommunication sector of Ethiopia,
Issue Date: Jun-2007
Publisher: Addis Ababa University
Abstract: Information and communication Technology (ICT) is bringing the big world into a small place, by allowing easy information flow, knowledge transfer and thereby facilitating business relations and social interactions. ICT, if not has more importance than it has in developed countries, it is equally needed in developing countries to facilitate economic development and alleviate poverty. To realize the me ntioned benefits, telecommunication industry, which is the main integral part of ICT, should be developed and made efficient. To bring efficiency in the telecommunicCltion sector, private ownership and competitive market on the sector are becoming the better choice than government monopoly. Since the last twenty years, as a result of technological advancement on telecom industry, which was considered as a natural monopoly for its huge investment requirement and security reasons, is being opened to private ownership and competition. Liberalization and privatization are taking place worldwide. In Ethiopia, telecommunication service was started as early as 100 years ago. However, the development on the sector in 100 years was minimal compared to other sub Saharan African countries. Telecommunication infrastructure is not expanded to most parts of the country. The state owned enterprise, Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC), which currently provides telecommunications is being blamed for its inefficiency and .low tele-density in the country. Besides, the digital gap between the rural popUlation and remote areas on one hand and urban population and nearby cities on the other is also wide. Despite the green light given by the available investment lay domestic private sector in the telecom business, government expressed its intention to continue its monopoly. The current regulatory body is role to facilitate a competitive environment. weak and not playing its regulatory The writer recommends that a competitive environment should be created for the telecommunication sector of Ethiopia, through liberalization. Among telecommunications services, at least mobile telephony, internet service and other value-added services s hould be allowed for private parties, to provide the same in competition with the incumbent, ETC.
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