Even with great economic progress in recent years, the Federal Republic of Ethiopia is widely regarded as one of the poorest countries in the world. Because of its economic plight, it should come as no surprise that the possession and use of mobile devices and other forms of electronic communication are not prevalent among Ethiopia’s population. Compared with other African nations, Ethiopia has few Internet users. As of 2016, Internet penetration (i.e., the percentage of the population using the Internet) was approximately 4%, far less than that of its southern neighbor, Kenya, where Internet penetration was nearly 45%. Ethiopia also ranks behind Kenya in cell phone use. Only about 25% of Ethiopians have cell phones, compared with more than 70% of Kenyans. Still, Ethiopia’s government ...

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