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Ethiopia signs $800 mln mobile network deal with China's ZTE
By Aaron Maasho
ADDIS ABABA, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Ethiopia signed an $800 million deal with China's ZTE on Sunday to expand mobile phone infrastructure and introduce a high-speed 4G broadband network in the capital Addis Ababa and a 3G service throughout the rest of the country.
The agreement with ZTE, China's second-largest telecoms equipment maker, is half of a $1.6 billion project split with Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's second largest telecom equipment maker. Huawei signed the agreement last month.
Both firms will provide low interest loans to Ethiopia through an arrangement known as vendor financing, Ethiopian officials and both firms said.
Africa's rapidly expanding telecoms industry has come to symbolise its economic growth, with subscribers across the continent totalling almost 650 million last year, up from just 25 million in 2001, according to the World Bank.
It is not becouse it will be cheaper but it is all about controlling every mobile trafficking that citizens uses,and to crack down easily any anti weyannes opposition including the merkatoo musliems brothers financed by Arabs.
Gimme some o’dat 4G.
Full steam ahead, 4G broadband at cheaper provider rate than U.S.!
the telecom sector of the country has been nothing but a disaster, even by Sahara standard.
The focus of every sector in Ethiopia should be now QUALITY not quantity and fake statistic.
Ethiopia signs $800 mln mobile network deal with China’s ZTE?????
ayeeeeee tata!! be-ken ayasteta ale ye-hagrea sekarrrram.
kikikiki…all the times they are saying that, “Ethiopia signs $800 mln mobile network deal with China’s ZTE” all the times???? when this is going to be real??? as i heard it, right now in Addis Ababa net work is completely out of service. several people can not use cell phones at all. when ever you call it says, ” mesmeroooo treee aykebleeem” ewayyyeee!,.. ” mecheee naw seelkooo ( the phone ) tree yemekeblew. kikikikiki….may be be-federal doolaa tree yekebel yehonal.
So much for the empty irresponsible EPRDF/TPLF regime rhetoric’s.
The EPRDF/TPLF regime has been screaming about the 11% fake economic growth and a development that is destroying houses and life day in and day out.
In the mean time even 1% of the population don’t even have phone/s to communicat.
According to BBC, “Less than 1% of Ethiopia’s 85 million people have access to the internet on mobile phones and 23% of the population subscribe to mobile phones, AFP news agency quotes the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) as saying”
Now Dictatorial regimes as both China and EPRDF/TPLF the master of spies are on the way build mobile phone infrastructure attached to spying devices. Those less than 1% of the population with mobile phones already are being spied on daily and now they want to spy more on the rest.
Waw good news well done EPRDF
Todays Agazi Motto and magic word
is ZTE here and ZTE there .With the blessing of their Thugs and Bandas .By the way it’s been more than 4 years ,after the so called
Contract Break Down with France Telecom that they are boring us with their awful musics .By the way if the contracts with ZTE are really signed ,where the hell are the High Tech equipments and IT infrastructures than their daily Bla Blas .
Considering how poor our telecom network is , this is a very good news. Now, if only there is transparency on how we pay for it .
Good news though too late for such a great and large country.I hope this project will also improve the penetration rate. Ethiopians living abroad are paying millions of dollars more to call back home than the amount our African brothers and sisters pay to call to their respective countries . Example, A five dollars calling card would allow me to talk for only 20 minutes to Ethiopia. Whereas my Kenyan friend would get 100 minutes from the same five dollars calling card. So to get 100 minutes, an Ethiopian should spend twenty five dollars.Ethiopia’s Telecom is the most backward even in African standards.Seriously, it is a shame. So this is good news for all people who are sick and tired of buying calling cards every now and then.
God Bless Ethiopia!!!
Mogadishu has a fastest and modern mobile service than Addis where weyannes run the telecom branches office as a prison camp. I heard the merkatoo beggars has created their own fastest 4G with help of Northern korea satellite system. Weyannes are now confused by this latest development.
Weyyee Gud god;
All this busniss are from the vision from Malata Meles.He left our land to no way return time and what is hell fuch this?
Mindin nw yehe hulu girgir…ZTE ye zare 5 Amet lebichaw 1.6 billion project tesetew min ayen? Minim… ere sintu benedet mobayelu endeworewore betu yekuterew. Ahunm ZTE edia Albezam ende…minw jal
Its good news
Im so happy
God bless us
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