Ethiopia: Prime Minister Promises Internet Access for All

Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Ethiopia, one of the poorest nations on earth, will expand Internet coverage from a handful of users to the entire country in three years, the prime minister said Tuesday.
Premier Meles Zenawi said information technology lay at the heart of transforming the impoverished country where millions are dependent on foreign aid.
The government is working with U.S. technology giant Cisco Systems to boost its coverage.
“We are fully committed to ensuring that as many of our poor as possible have this weapon that they need to fight poverty at the earliest possible time,” Zenawi said. “We plan to ensure universal access and Internet connectivity to all the tens of thousands of rural kebeles (districts) of our country over the next two to three years.”
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Source: IRIN