Ethiopia, 2003

The first Ethiopian cards were made for the Armed Forces and therefore were not accessible to the public. They were issued by the Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation, and printed by F.N.M.T. Spanish, which provided three values, 100, 200 and 300 units, all with the same graphics on both the front and back. There are two variants of each of these values, with Siemens S30 chip and Siemens S35 chip. The cards issued later, again for the army, had the value in Birr, the local currency. In 2010 the telephone system with chip cards was also introduced for general public use.