Ethio-Telecom, hitherto Ethiopia Telecom, has advised on taking over Nokia’s network grid in the larger Addis Ababa area to enhance service delivery in a cellular sector that has had to bludgeon its way off cross-network interferences courtesy of outdated installations.
Announcing the development, the largest provider of telecoms in the Horn of Africa nation said that the program will run for the coming five months and will target major sections of Addis including Ascot, Leybu and Alem Bank, amongst others.
Reports point towards the Chinese telecommunications giant, ZTE, repositioning itself for the upgrading of installations hitherto under the behest of Nokia. Mr. Abdurahim Ahmed who is Head of PR at Ethio-Telecom said that the cell phone maker, Nokia, has had its network grid for more than ten years, which does not synchronize with contemporary high standards.
Ethio-Telecom has been the country’s major seer of the sector, and has managed to provide a number of licenses to local and foreign companies to undertake the provision of network.
Ethiopia has a base mobile telephone subscription number of 20 million, a margin that the state body seeks to double, hand-in-hand with improving the requirements for the accessibility of devices for use by local networks.
Sweeping moves are also happening across Ethiopia with an objective to make the nation a network hub that will seal the reigning poor network dictates, with regard to grids being too close to each other and under different operators.
One of the major developments by Ethio-Telecom is to demarcate the current network zones into eleven regions that will have distinct operators, each with proper infrastructural boundaries, a move that will rein in shortwave, aircraft and mobile signals from cross-interference.
Other than mobile, Ethiopia is also focusing on the data dispensation, to eschew the current low-level delivery. In 2009, the country had 447 300 web users, which did not improve by a high margin a year later when the part of the population that had access to the Internet was a paltry 0.75%. The rate is marginally low in comparison with regional or global proportions.
The dawning of the Internet has also met with positive and negative outcomes, including the fact that online communication tools like Skype as well as Google Talk are out of public bounds but accessible at the individual level. 2002 was the year that the ban to use the services came to force but it was only in 2012 that a new legislation made it possible for individuals to employ the online services.