BBC: Ethiopia’s Tech Hopefuls

Iceaddis is based in a building created from shipping containers by a Swiss Architect, that was originally intended to be an art gallery (Jonathan Kalan/BBC)

BBC News

By Jonathan Kalan

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – When it comes to technology and innovation, Ethiopia appears a long way away from the rest of Africa’s rising “silicon savannahs.”

The most advanced form of banking in Africa’s second most populous country is an ATM – there are no credit cards and no international banking systems.

This makes app stores like Google Play and Apple’s Appstore inaccessible.

Mobile money, which has taken off places like Kenya, has only just arrived, but with significant limitations.

Skype and other VoIP (voice over internet protocol) services are banned for business purposes.

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