Mobile stampede strikes ETC

24 Mar 2005

A stampede to gain a mobile phone line hit Ethiopia this week when incumbent cellco Ethiomobile, owned by Ethiopia Telecommuniations Corporation (ETC), put 200,000 mobile lines up for sales. There has been a waiting list to obtain a SIM card in the country for several years, because of the government’s reluctance to liberalise the market. As a result, would-be users have flocked to local markets to buy a handset, where illegally imported phones are widely available.