Thirty years ago Ethiopia was a torn apart country, with poverty and famine plaguing several thousands of its citizens. Today, however, this country has the biggest economy by Gross Domestic Product in East Africa and Central Africa. Of course, there are still problems to be found, both politically and civilly. Human rights abuses have been reported and the nation still struggles with getting food to its poorer residents. Despite all of that, this African country is still fighting daily to keep itself at the top of the East African and Central African economy.
One instance of this occurred just this month, with Tecno Mobile Ethiopia getting ready to launch Ethiopia's first smart phone. The device is set to run on the Android 2.3 operating system and should cost somewhere between $330 and $450 U.S. dollars. The manufacturer of the device already has a lot of handheld phones on the market, but hopefully this new smart phone will bring more customers to the fold. The nation has a very low number of mobile users for its population size, and with Telco having a monopoly on the mobile service market, there is very little competition in the mobile phone market there. The new Ethiopian handset will come with the dependability and speed that people all over the world have come to expect from the Android operating system. There is also already an Amheric language application in place, which has been used by the manufactures on previous handsets, so the transition to the new device should be smooth.No one can be sure if and when things will change, but when users become more excited by the products available to them, that is usually when the markets begin to transform and evolve. With this country still economically on the rise, its numbers for poverty and starvation will hopefully continue to get better as well. A cell phone may seem like a small thing in areas like the United States or Canada, but in East Africa and Central Africa, it could be just the thing that begins to set a new standard of living for a people that truly need it.