Minister calls for prospective sector players to register : Reporter
ZTE, the second-biggest telecom giant in China and current major network provider to Ethio Telecom, has proposed to establish a Research and Development (R&D) Unit in the future ICT Park here for the African market, Debretsion Gebremichael, Information and Communication Technology minister and who oversees the ICT Park project, told The Reporter. “It [ZTE] is dedicated to establish an R&D unit in the ICT Park while Huawei and other Chinese and Indian ICT firms are interested to do the same,” the minister said. “But our major focus is on the Ethiopian diaspora and local players in the ICT sector.”
Part of the ICT Park will be completed in June, according to Debretsion, who called on interested players in the sector to register at the ministry in order to get space for prospective ICT operations at the Park.
The minister called on interested players to register while addressing an ICT meeting this week at Ghion Hotel convened to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the sector and notify participants about the Innovation Africa Digital Summit, an international event, scheduled to take place in Addis from March 27 to 29.
The ICT Park is being developed behind the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.
While the overall ICT Park project will rest on a 200-ha plot of land, the first phase, which is expected to span three years, is now under way on 91-ha land, according to the minister.
The ambitious project, known as the Technopolis, is being constructed at a total cost of USD 45 million.