Ethiopia’s MCIT to construct new national backbone infrastructure

25 Jan 2019

With a view to increasing the country’s internet gateway capacity, Ethiopia’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) is planning to replace ‘Woredanet’, the network linking local and regional government offices across the country with each other and the federal government headquarters in Addis Ababa, with a new national backbone infrastructure. According to the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA), the development was disclosed during a workshop conducted by the MCIT earlier this week, with the ministry saying it aims to increase internet getaway capacity by replacing Woredanet with what has been dubbed the ‘National Back Bone’. According to the report the current estimated internet gateway capacity of Ethiopia is 50Gbps, and it is expected that the construction of the new infrastructure will see that increase to between 2Tbps and 10Tbps after two years.