LOOKING GLASS


LOOKING GLASS

A public phone around the Gofa Mebrat Hail area evokes memories of a bygone era when access to a global network was not a mere dip into one’s pockets. Telecommunication was introduced in 1894, with network interruptions during Italy's invasion. Ethiopia re-organised the Telephone, Telegraph and Postal services in 1941 and formed the Imperial Board of Telecommunications (IBTE) in 1952. Ethio telecom which has been divorced from the communications authority since 2010 currently has more than 74 million mobile subscribers.


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TIERED TROLLEYS

An eerie optical illusion appears as the city bus passes under a crossing bridge below a row of cross-country jitneys. Multi-tiered transportation infrastructure is rare in the capital as most roads are characterised by narrow passages snaking by the city's buildings. The City Administration has revealed plans to expand pedestrian walkways and bicycle lanes and even introduce cable cars to improve the transportation infrastructure. Electric-powered buses, motorcycles and automobiles are poised t...


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LIBERAL LEAN

An infrastructure pole around Bole is being moved on a busy afternoon. The first telephone infrastructure was extended from Harar to the capital city in 1894, during the reign of Emperor Menelik II. The state-owned Ethiopian Telecom has made significant headway since its reestablishment six years ago by cutting tariffs, expanding coverage, and entering new business avenues. The 130-year-old enterprise will avail a 10pc ownership stake as Ethiopia launches its inaugural stock exchange next year....


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COSMETIC CRESCENDO

A city at the cusp of an aesthetic reformation is laid bare from the top floor of a high-rise in the capital. The contours of an old city trace the edges of an emerging metropolis as Addis Abeba sheds its wrinkles for a sleek cosmopolitan look. The ninety-day project gushing across the city entails mass resettlement and billions in compensation. Just two weeks into the demolition around Piassa, the City Administration has revealed plans to lease of land to prospective developers who can meet the...


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