Ethio Telecom’s 4G network goes live in Addis Ababa, other regions to follow

Ethio Telecom, the state-owned telecom monopoly in Ethiopia, has announced the launch of its LTE Advanced 4G network in its bid to provide higher data speeds to internet subscribers in the capital, Addis Ababa.

The project, implemented by Huawei, reportedly cost Ethio Telecom 173 million Birr (about $5.36 million). Ethio Telecom had awarded the contract to Huawei last month leading to the upgrade which was concluded in 10 days.

Frehiwot Tamru, the CEO of Ethio Telecom, told the media that the LTE Advanced 4G is 14 times faster than 3G, adding that the company would launch the service in other regional states soon.

“Ethio Telecom has launched the state-of-the-art LTE Advanced mobile internet service on February 3, 2020. We have also expanded the existing limited 4G LTE network coverage throughout Addis Ababa. Our LTE Advanced mobile internet service is availed in areas around Bole Airport, Bole Friendship, Bole Medhanialem, Bole Atlas, Meskel Square, Stadium, Ethio Telecom Headquarters, Kazanchis, 4 Kilo (Unity Park), 6 Kilo, Lideta (ECX), African Union, and Old Airport based on the high level of internet usage trend,” added the telco in statement.

LTE Advanced mobile service provides reliable connection thereby offering customers exceptional speed to download or upload large-sized files, high-definition (HD) multimedia, live streaming and video conferencing in real-time.

Customers who want to use LTE Advanced mobile internet service have been advised to get further information related to their existing devices and SIM card by visiting the nearest Ethio Telecom shops.

Ethio Telecom currently has over 60 million mobile subscribers though other telcos have expressed interest to enter the market since country’s PM, Abiy Mohammed, pledged to transform the Ethiopia economy by opening up strategic sectors. Among the firms reportedly keen on getting into the country are France’s Orange, MTN of South Africa, Britain’s Vodafone Group, UAE’s Etisalat and Zain of Kuwait.


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