Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Addis Ababa eagerly awaits 4G rollout


Following a $1.6 billion deal between Huawei Technologies, Ethiopia’s state-run Ethio Telecom and ZTE, an eight month project to bolster local connectivity services throughout Ethiopia will be spearheaded by the rollout of 4G connectivity services in the country’s capital.

A high speed 4G network, scheduled to be implemented by Huawei, forms a crucial part of the joint venture to expand mobile phone infrastructure nationally.

Abdurahim Ahmed, head of communications at Ethio Telecom, has been quoted as saying, “In terms of allocation, Huawei will be responsible for the expansion of 4G in Addis Ababa, including other mobile services the 2G, 3G, IP and the like.”

Among the expected outcomes of the project are that some 400,000 subscribers stand to benefit, that the country will increase the total number of subscribers and there will be an enhancement of existing 3G services.

In August the acting CEO of Ethio Telecom, Andualem Admassie, was quoted by Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency as saying the Project is important in contributing to efforts to increase telecommunications service access and coverage nationally.

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