State-owned telco Ethio Telecom has launched LTE-A services in six new areas, expanding the footprint of the service beyond the capital for the first time. Ethio Telecom extended the service to the towns of Adama, Bishoftu, Moko, Dukem, Gelan and Awash Melkasa, having observed high levels of mobile data traffic in those areas. The operator notes that the strategy of data traffic and demand-based LTE expansion in Addis Ababa and regional towns had been outlined in its three-year growth strategy and, as such, the company would be launching LTE-A services in other parts of the country in the ‘next few months’. Chinese news agency Xinhua reports that the network rollout was completed in less than two months by Chinese vendor ZTE. According to the outlet’s unnamed sources, the locations to be targeted for 4G coverage next were: Dire Dawa, Bahir Dar, Gonder, Jimma, Jijiga, Harar, Wolyata-Sodo, Ambo, Nekemte, Arba Minch and Hawassa.