Huawei has secured the contract for the extension of 4G services in Ethiopia’s monopoly operator, Ethio Telecom.
Ethio Telecom’s monopoly is set to be broken within the coming months.
The CEO of Ethio Telecom, Frehiwot Tamiru, stated the move “opens a new chapter and brings an immediate impact on congested areas of telecom service”.
The companies to bid for the new licenses include a Vodafone consortium, involving its African partners Safaricom and Vodacom, plus MTN from South Africa. Orange might bid, though some suggest it is more interested in shares in Ethio Telecom, for which it once had a management contract.
Ethio Telecom said about the new 4G areas: “Given the reliability, high bandwidth and high-speed features of LTE Advanced services, we hope that it will enable and empower our customers to digitize their services, increase productivity and improve their experiences.”
The CEO of Huawei’s Ethiopian operation, Chen Mingliang, declared, “Our delivery teams worked day and night to meet the target. Regardless of all the challenges, today we are proud and rejoiced to bring you the best LTE Advanced service.”