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Ethiopia Communication


All telephone and telegraph facilities are owned by the government and operated by the National Board of Telecommunications. The principal population centres are connected with Addis Ababa by telephone and radio circuits, and there is an earth-satellite station. In 2008, there were 908,900 mainline telephones in use as well as 3.168 million cellular phones.

Radio and television stations are run by the government. The Voice of Ethiopia radio service broadcasts mostly on AM in Amharic, but also in English, French, Arabic and local languages. Ethiopian Television broadcasts about four hours daily. In 2001 there were nine radio stations and one television station. In 2000 there were 189 radios and six television sets for every 1,000 people. Internet access is limited, with one service provider serving 291,000 users in 2007.


Telephones - main lines in use
908,900 (2008)

Telephones - mobile cellular
3.168 million (2008)

Telephone system
general assessment inadequate telephone system; the number of fixed lines and mobile telephones is increasing from a very small base; combined fixed and mobile-cellular teledensity is only about 5 per 100 persons
domestic open-wire; microwave radio relay; radio communication in the HF, VHF, and UHF frequencies; 2 domestic satellites provide the national trunk service
international country code - 251; open-wire to Sudan and Djibouti; microwave radio relay to Kenya and Djibouti; satellite earth stations - 3 Intelsat (1 Atlantic Ocean and 2 Pacific Ocean) (2008)

Radio broadcast stations
AM 8, FM 0, shortwave 1 (2001)

Television broadcast stations
1 (plus 24 repeaters) (2001)

Internet country code

Internet hosts
128 (2008)

Internet users
291,000 (2007)





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