Reliable Transport Services and Other Infrastructures
Shortly after the foundation of Addis Ababa, road construction and development commenced in the city. However the history of modern road infrastructure is highly connected with Emperor Haileselassie’s era. During the last few years Addis Ababa road authority has constructed new roads, including ring roads(for instance the Gotera intersection road also known as nations and nationalities road), and has been upgrading the existing roads. In the mean time, the authority is constructing standardized roads in the central and peripheral parts of the city along with pedestrian pavements, since the existing roads are not sufficient to accommodate the ever increasing traffic.
Electric power was introduced to Ethiopia in the late 19th century, during the reign of Emperor Menelik II. Ethiopia is a country endowed with abundant natural resources such as Hydropower, Geothermal, natural gas, coal, solar and wind energy etc. that could generate surplus electricity. Among these resources, the Hydropower potential of the country is estimated to be up to 45,000 MW. The Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation Planned to increase the electric power generation from 2,000MW to 10,000 MW in the next five years.
Water After observing that many people’s are suffered when fetching water from Lakes, Emperor Menelik II ordered his advisor Alfred Ilg to prepare tap water. As a result the tap water was introduced in Ethiopia 7 years after the establishment of the capital city. Gradually construction of dams on rivers(such as Legedadi and Geferssa) was expanded and at present clean tap water was being supplied to quite a number of residents of Addis Ababa.
The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation(ETC) is the oldest Public Telecommunications Operator(PTO ) in Africa. The introduction of telecommunications services is Ethiopia dates back to 1894, seventeen years after the invention of telephone technology in the World. The ETC is the sole operator of any telecommunication related services, including the provision of internet and public phone in Ethiopia.
Today, the backbone network is constituted from a variety of microwave, satellite and fiber optic links.ETC is improving the telecommunication service in the country, thereby making Ethiopia leap into the information age in the shortest possible time.
Bole International Airport
It is situated 8 kilometers from the centre of the city. Paid parking, luggage carts and uniformed porters are available at the airport terminal. Taxis are readily available. Foreign exchange service is available at the arrival lounge. Security at the airport is tight and travelers need to produce their air ticket and passport to enter the terminal building.