By Fasika Tadesse
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The state telecom monopoly, Ethio Telecom, has released a statement detailing plans to replace old mobile phone networks and install fourth generation (4G) broadband technology in Addis Abeba by June 2014.
Ethio Telecom has divided the network expansion project into three phases. The first phase replaces the network of Nokia’s telecom network in Addis Abeba, which covers a total of 75 areas in Asko, Kolfe Keranio, Alem Bank, Mekanisa, Lebu, Jomo, Hana Mariam and Akaki. The second phase consists of replacing and expanding 647 areas of old mobile networks.The final phase is the installation of new network and 4G technology at a selected 722 areas of Addis Abeba.
Ethio Telecom is working with Chinese giants Huawei and ZTE, having in August 2013 signed a 1.6 billion dollar contract with them for the upgrade of mobile phone infrastructure and introduction of 4G broadband.
Read more at: Addis Tribune