The Internet Society, together with its partners, is set to organize the Ethiopia Internet Development Conference 2020 as a multi-stakeholder event to enable the local community prepare for this new era and start developing the Internet ecosystem for the benefit of citizens and businesses.
The event will take place from March 3-5, 2020 in Addis Ababa.
Ethiopia is the second most populous country in Africa with more than 105 million citizens. However, it has relatively low Internet connectivity with less than 15% of its population having access to the Internet. Even for those with access to the internet, the cost is expensive and connection often unreliable.
As a result, Ethiopians risk being marginalized from the Internet economy. Fortunately, this is changing since the state monopoly on telecommunication that was the root cause of most of the problems has been abolished and competition is in the horizon.
The forum is being supported by the Ministry of Innovation and Technology.
The objective of the conference is to create awareness amongst policy makers, regulators, businesses, technologists, and potential entrepreneurs about the Internet model, technology and organizations and create the foundation for a robust internet Ecosystem in Ethiopia in this new post-monopoly era. Specifically, the conference will:
- Address the main issues and challenges the country is facing in relation to the quality and penetration of Internet service and technology.
- Explore different technical options to improve the local internet infrastructure and to make better use of the regional and global internet infrastructure.
- Explore the potential and future obstacles, threats regarding Internet technology expansion in the country and discuss potential solutions and recommendations.
The 2-day conference is expected to come up with a number of recommendations on how to build the Internet ecosystem in Ethiopia.
The conference targets policy makers, regulators, businesses, technologists, and potential entrepreneurs.