Ethiopia installs fibre-optic network

12 Mar 2007

Ethiopia has installed a new USD68 million fibre-optic network which will boost international communications and lower costs, according to an official at state-owned Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC). ETC spokesman Abdurahim Ahmed said that since February 2007 the new 983km network has been carrying all voice, data and internet communications to international cables via neighbouring Sudan. Abdurahim added that because Ethiopia is landlocked, it relies on the goodwill of Sudan for international connectivity. Previously Ethiopia was connected to the international telecommunication network via a satellite earth station in Sululta some 30kms north of the capital Addis Ababa.

Ethiopia, Ethio Telecom