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Digital ID to Become Primary Identification for Civil Servants, Students

The Ethiopian Federal Civil Service Commission, in partnership with the National ID Program, is introducing Digital ID as the primary means of identification for civil servants. In the same week, it was revealed that the National ID Program has also partnered with the Ministry of Education to introduce biometric digital IDs as the official student identification method across educational institutions. Read more.

Ethiopia Extends Deadline for Second Private Teleco Application

The deadline to provide a Request for Qualification (RFQ) for the second private telecom service is once again extended by a month after the Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) put forth the notice nearly three months ago. Read more.

Ethio Telecom Fortifies Telebirr’s Security  

Ethio Telecom is taking a proactive stance against mobile money fraud by imposing new restrictions on its telebirr mobile money service.  As reported by Fortune Newspaper, users will no longer be able to log in to the service solely through internet access; instead, they will be required to verify their identity through their phone numbers. Read more.

The Remote Revolution: How the Internet Will Change the Global Economy

The world is witnessing a mass exodus of jobs fueled by the Internet and the opportunities it has unlocked. Michael Tomas argues that the Remote Revolution, the outsourcing of traditional office (white-collar) jobs from developed countries into the developing world, holds the potential to benefit Ethiopians who are prepared to seize this opportunity. Read more.

Liquid Telecom Links Kenya and Ethiopia with New Fiber Network

Liquid Intelligent Technologies, part of the Pan-African technology group Cassava Technologies, is linking Kenya and Ethiopia through a fully redundant terrestrial route to improve internet connectivity between the two nations. The 1,000-kilometer fiber link seeks to offer businesses in both countries access to data centers and the cloud, ensuring that data does not leave the continent. Read more.

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Kaleab Girma, an Addis Ababa-based reporter and researcher, with over six years of experience in the field. He currently serves as Shega's Editor-in-Chief and specializes in reporting on small businesses, innovation, technology, and startups in Ethiopia.