Less than a month after it inked a USD700 million agreement with Huawei with a view to expanding the country’s mobile infrastructure, the Ethiopian government has now completed a USD800 million deal with another Chinese vendor. According to Reuters, the government has agreed terms with ZTE for the rollout of a 4G network in the capital Addis Ababa, while under the terms of the contract the vendor will also expand state-owned Ethio Telecom’s existing 2G and 3G networks. Andualem Admassie, acting chief executive officer at the incumbent operator, was cited as saying that the agreement would enable it to double the number of mobile subscribers on its books to more than 50 million, noting: ‘The expansion is vital to attain Ethio Telecom’s objective of increasing telecom service access and coverage across the nation, as well as to upgrade existing network to new technology.’
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