Ethiopia - 3.6 Ethiopia Additional Services

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 4.11 Additional Services Contact List 

Vehicle Rental 

Vehicle rental service is available especially in Addis to meet the needs of a company or organization and can be deployed to other regions. Vehicle rental companies are identified in the service providers contact list. Link attached. 

Taxi Companies 

Taxi services are available. Taxis in Addis Ababa has significantly expanded with the introduction of taxi App services, this is in addition to the blue colour taxis. There are several taxi services that can be ordered through the Apps. These include Ride, Zayride, Polo trip, Ze-Lucy, Catch, Seregela, Catch Taxi, Hello Taxi and Feres. UNDSS advises more precaution against the use of blue taxi. 

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Freight Forwarding Agents 

Freight forwarding agents are identified in the service providers contact list. 

Electricity and Power  

Ethiopia has abundant renewable energy resources and has the potential to generate over 60,000 megawatts (MW) of electric power from hydroelectric, wind, solar and geothermal sources. As a result of Ethiopia's rapid GDP growth over the previous decade, demand for electricity has been steadily increasing. The electrification process causes GDP growth and high public demand for 110 million of its population. On total, Ethiopia produces 11 billion kWh from all facilities and exports other resources like natural gas or crude oil. However, the country is experiencing energy shortages and load shedding as it strives to offer supply for over 110 million people and predicted to grow 30% per year. With current ongoing projects, the country is constructing 4,500 MW of installed generation capacity. There is also a plan to increase power generation capacity in exponent to 17,000 MW in 10 years  

Currently, Ethiopian Electric Power is managing 22 power generating stations.  Among them, 16 are from hydro, these are Gibe III (1870 M.W), Beles (460 M.W), Gilgel Gibe II (420 MW), Tekeze (300 MW), Gilgel Gibe I (184 MW), Melka Wakena (153 MW), Fincha (134 MW), Amarti Neshe (95 MW), Tis Abay II (73 MW), Koka (43.2 MW), Awash II (32 MW), Awash III (32 MW), Tis Abay I (11.4 MW) Aba Samuel (6.6MW);  Genale Dawa III (254 MW) and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (the two early generation units of 750 MW) generate a total of 4818.2 MW from hydro. 

In terms of wind, Adama II (153 MW), Ashgoda (120 MW) and Adama I (51 MW), additionally Ayisha II have been partially completed and started operation with the capacity of 80 MW. The rest is expected from steam power and diesel reserves. 


Power Generation – eep 

There are numerous restraints over electrification with most people in rural areas utilize traditional biomass energy sources and lack of modernized transmission and distribution. To solve this, the government set up big projects to construct hydroelectric dams such as the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and Koysha Dam that provide fertile electricity throughout the country. The other issue is the power outrages that can adversely affects households from daily interruptions.  Frequent power outage may lead to serious threat to people such as fear and discomfort to the environment as well as the use of alternative energy sources like charcoal, firewood, and candle. 

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) 

The primary purpose of the dam is electricity production to relieve Ethiopia's acute energy shortage and for electricity export to neighbouring countries. With a planned installed capacity of 5.15 gigawatts the dam will be the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa when completed, as well as among the 20 largest in the world  

First phase of filling the reservoir began in July 2020 and in August 2020 water level increased to 540 meters (40 meters higher than the bottom of the river which is at 500 meters above sea level). The second phase of filling was completed on 19 July 2021, water level increased to around 575 meters. The third filling was completed on 12 August 2022 to a level of 600 metres (2,000 ft), 25 m (82 ft) higher than the prior year completed second fill. Actual water level (November 2022) is at around 605 meters and was measured at Sentinel images. It will take between 4 and 7 years to fill with water, depending on hydrologic conditions during the filling period.  

On 20 February 2022, the dam produced electricity for the first time, delivering it to the grid at a rate of 375 MW A second 375 MW turbine was commissioned in August 2022.  

The power outages are regular and are more elsewhere than are in Addis Ababa. 

Production Unit 

Type [1] 

Installed Capacity (MW) 

Current Production (MW) 


Hydroelectric Power 




[1] E.g. Hydroelectric power, Thermal power… 

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) 

The ISP is Ethiopian Telecom (ETC) and the options of ADSL, GPRS/3G and V-SAT. Recently Safaricom has been registered in the country as an additional service provider for mobile phone voice and Internet in select areas. 

Internet Service Providers 

Are there ISPs available? 

(Yes / No) 


Private or Government 


Dial-up only (Yes / No) 


Approximate Rates 


No Info 


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Max leasable ‘dedicated’ bandwidth 

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