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Vol 6 (AAC) No 11

Published 1st September 2013


Ethiopia

Beijing will connect your call

The government does not want to liberalise the telecommunications sector and has hired Chinese contractors to carry out much-needed improvements

On 18 August, the acting Chief Executive Officer of state-owned telecoms operator Ethio Telecom, Andualem Admassie, signed the second of two US$800 million deals that will drastically improve Ethiopia’s telecommunications infrastructure. The second deal was with China’s ZTE and builds on a contract signed on 25 July with Chinese firm Huawei, one of the largest mobile equipment and systems companies.

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