The availability of affordable means of communication has been one of electronics’ greatest contributions to human society.
- The telephone, radio, satellite communications, the internet, mobile phones – each new development has revolutionised the way we live and the way we think about our world.
- New technologies continuously emerge, with 4G mobile phones offering the possibility of real-time high quality video.
- DSL and broadband wireless systems provide many times the capacity of modems bringing increased amounts of information into our homes.
- Other examples include advanced wavelength-division multiplexing schemes, promising vast reductions in the cost of long-distance data transmission.
- Soon fourth generation systems will unify all these technologies and users will be able to receive and transmit anything, at anytime, from anywhere.
All these developments have been fuelled by advances in communications technology. Constantly emerging new protocols and coding schemes, new ways to represent video, images and speech as data, new means of delivering this information to users via cable, fibre, and increasingly via radio. These developments are, in turn, based on sound engineering principles.
The Communications Group in the Department has a very well established reputation in many areas of communications, particularly mobile and satellite communications. These courses aim to prepare students to play a leading role in the continuing adventure of modern communications – researching, designing, building and marketing the next generation of products.
In recent times, building a knowledge-based society has become a key priority of the Nation. The national need for knowledge and expertise in modern information communication technologies (ICT) is becoming over-whelming. Electronics and communications engineering is a fundamental tool to overcome the socio-economic and environmental problems, thus improving the quality of life of Ethiopians. It strives to build national ICT capacity, by introducing advanced and sustainable telecommunication technologies, and placing appropriate ethical and safety standards in ICT. The fundamental aim of the UG Electronics and Communications Engineering is, therefore, to: (a) produce electronics and communication engineers who would be engaged in helping the nation exploit the potential of modern ICT in the various economic sectors, and (b) serve as a foundation for future, full-fledged graduate ICT programs and high quality R&D works