Central West region receives 4G LTE advanced boost

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Following the companies three years growth strategy plan to expand 4G LTE service in 103 cities with high data usage, Ethio telecom launched LTE Advanced mobile internet service in the central west region on August 26, 2021 on an event held in Ambo Town at Abebech Metaferia hotel.
The advancement reaches out five towns of Ambo, Sebeta, Burayu, Holeta and Woliso where high mobile data traffic has been observed.
“High speed features and reliable data service of 4G LTE will enable and empower our customers to digitalize their services as well as increase productivity and improve their overall experience,” said Frehiwot Tamru, CEO of Ethio telecom.
So far Ethio telecom has expanded its advanced LTE service in Addis Ababa and 12 regions including Southeast region, Northwest region, East East region, South South West region, East region, Central East region, North East region, North East East region, South West region, South region and North North West regions.
From the planned 103 towns at the end of the last budget year, Ethio telecom has expand its advanced network in 67 towns with in five months, including the central west region numbers of town beneficiary with the service to 72.
The company is also finalizing the expansion of 4G LTE service in line with the data growth and demand, in process of launching the service in various regions. Before the end of the year, Ethio Telecom is planning to reach out additional 106 towns with its advanced network.
The CEO highlighted that Ethio telecom has reformulate its three year plan with view to modernize services and enhance customer’s experience.
“By expanding its local and international telecom service packages, Ethio telecom will work to intensively meet its plan by strengthening telecom infrastructure, service quality, flexibility and accessibility,” said the CEO. By engaging in new business streams and shifting revenue source from traditional to value-added services and by offering more than 100 new and revamped local and international products & services, Ethio Telecom targets to generate 70 billion birr in revenue in the 2021/22 budget year.
Ethio telecom has expanded the network in the area cooperating with the Chinese firm ZTE. The operator is working to enable the country to have 5G network service by 2022.
Beside its network expansion, Ethio telecom has also registered up to 8.9 million customers with its newly launched mobile money system, Telebirr. The system which has accounted about 3 and half months and is operating certain new services payments including DSTV Ethiopia, websprix, Addis Ababa City Traffic Management Agency, ZMall and others including contributions for the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.