Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation signs $6.7m deal with Dimension Data
Dimension Data Network Solutions to implement broadband Internet services in Ethiopia
The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) has signed a US $6.7 million deal with Dimension Data to facilitate the implementation of a nationwide broadband Internet project.
This is Ethiopia`s third main broadband Internet project and follows the implementation of two major projects, namely broadband VSAT and broadband multimedia. The nationwide project will be implemented over the next four months.
The network will have a carrying capacity for approximately 100 000 Internet customers. It will also make provision for 2 000 dedicated Internet customers via either asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL), fixed wireless access (FWA) and fibre and metro-Ethernet connections. Dimension Data will provide value-added services including a complete managed security offering, IP telephony, virtual fax, unified messaging on mail servers and dynamic Web hosting services.
"This project fully supports the Ethiopian government`s ICT development agenda and will make access to the Internet a reality for many Ethiopian people and institutions," says Jeff Jack, technology marketing manager, Dimension Data Network Solutions.
The project makes use of an electronic voucher distribution (EVD) system that fully automates Internet provision. The system allows customers to register online for Internet services via a prepaid platform. In addition, an advanced call centre will provide full customer support services for technical and billing queries.
"This project adds impetus to Dimension Data`s strategy to deliver high-quality service provider solutions into Africa. The experience gained from providing value to South African service providers, by utilising our global knowledge and delivery capabilities, supports this strategy," concludes Jack.