Safaricom Ethiopia says phased launch to begin in August

8 Jul 2022

Safaricom Ethiopia, a subsidiary of Kenyan telco Safaricom, has confirmed that its long-anticipated mobile launch will begin next month. In a Twitter announcement, the newcomer’s CEO Anwar Soussa said that the launch will begin with the city of Dire Dawa in eastern Ethiopia, near the Oromia and Somali Region border, followed by the switch-on of services in a further 24 cities by April 2023 – including the capital Addis Ababa ‘in the next few months’. By next April Safaricom Ethiopia hopes to have made its services available to 25% of the population, according to the company’s external affairs and regulatory officer Matthew Harrison-Harvey. Ultimately, Safaricom Ethiopia aims to blanket the whole country and to that end told local media that it had invested USD1 billion (including the licence fee) in its ‘network and building infrastructure, including [its] own mobile radio towers, national transmission network, and wholesale agreements for international connectivity’.

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