ETC completes initial CDMA installation

29 Jul 2008

State-owned operator Ethiopia Telecom Corporation (ETC) has announced that the first phase of its fixed wireless and mobile CDMA2000 network has been completed, following a rollout by China’s ZTE. Initially the network will offer coverage of the Addis Ababa region, with further expansion planned to allow access for up to 2.4 million subscribers nationwide; ETC has estimated that the project will cost ETB645 million (USD66 million). The operator has also confirmed that only pre-paid services will be available on the new network, via SIM card or vouchers. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, ETC already operates a GSM mobile network and enjoys a monopoly. At March 2008 it was estimated that the cellco had two million subscribers.

Ethiopia, Ethio Telecom, ZTE