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Affordable public Wi-Fi comes to fruition

Ethio telecom is working to launch public Wi-Fi for the first time in the country at four national flagship sites.
Recently inaugurated places which are appealing abundant visitors in the city; Unity Park, Meskel Square, Entoto park, and Friendship square are said to be beneficiaries. As sources from Ethio telecom informed Capital, Ethio telecom has started its trial test to make the service fully operational within few weeks’ time.
According to the telecom service provider, customers will get the service with low and affordable price.
Customers are expected to pay 5 birr for 1 hour, 8 birr for 2 hours and 12 birr for 3 hours of high-speed internet connection to which the fee will be deducted from their air time. The Wi-Fi password will automatically be sent via SMS upon the transaction. In order to enjoy the service, customers will have to access the company’s website and enter their phone number. The connection speeds to be enjoyed are stated as 4Mbps.
The newly inaugurated Addis Ababa mega projects are said to change the livelihoods and immensely contribute in the reviving tourism industry by hosting various cultural, arts, fashion, political, economic and other international as well as continental conferences and events which made the service provider to start this new service.
The service was said to be operational starting from September 1, 2021 but it is still under the testing stage and will soon be availed to the public.
Few months ago, Ethio telecom’s CEO Frehiwot Tamru said that new technologies and additional features will be implemented to enhance customer experience, quality and accessibility of services to achieve the set strategic plan.
By expanding its local and international telecom service packages, Ethio telecom will work to intensively meet its plan and the public Wi-Fi initiative will see to enact the same.
In the latest update at the end of the fiscal year the number of customers for Ethio telecom has reached 56.2 million customers. Mobile voice subscribers has reached 54.3 million increasing by 22 percent from last year, while data and internet users has reached 25 million showing 5 percent increase.
Ethio-Telecom has been working hard to become a competent and preferred telecom service provider in the fast and dynamic telecom market to meet the growing demand for telecom services. In its plans, the telecommunication giant targets to grow its subscriber count to 64 million this fiscal year and its data and internet users by 16.2 percent to 28.5 million.

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