Accessing the internet is a continuously problematic issue in Ethiopia. Internet penetration remains very low across the country, with just over 15% of the over 100-million people currently online, according to the World Bank. The government also regularly shuts down the internet, blocks social media outlets, and bans news websites that report on anti-government protests. Freedom House, the US-based advocacy group, lists Ethiopia as “not free” when it comes to internet access and press freedom. This is incongruous with Ethiopia’s standing as a host to one of the world’s largest diplomatic hubs, and is a major destination for conferences and tourism. The government also continuously markets the country as a hospitable place to operate for foreign investors, including those in the global apparel industry.
And now, the Horn of Africa nation’s carrier wants to offer free internet connection at its main hub in the capital Addis Ababa. The move by Ethiopian Airlines is part of an effort to improve customer service, upgrade overall passenger experience, and make Bole International Airport the best in Africa. […] CONTINUE READING