The Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation (ETC) announced that is expanding mobile telephone service in connection of the celebration of the Ethiopian Millennium. The General Manager of ETC’s Corporate Communications, Abdurhim Ahmed, recently told ENA that an emergency plan is being excuted in order to satisfy an increasing need for additional mobile phone services.

The expansion project includes Addis Ababa, Awassa, Shashemene, Adama, Bishoftu, Dessie, Nekempte Jimma towns. The expansion work also includes the installation of a line that could give service to 1.2 million mobile uses. A network that is intended to provide "3G" services to 250 thousand lines is also under installation, according to the General Manager.

In the project additional wireless telephone services are also under expansion. According to Abdurehim, the first phase of a programme that enable the Corporation to install additional 625 thousand telephone lines is also underway.

He also said that a fiber optic communication network that is 10 thousand kms long is also under installation in seven directions of the country. These areas, include Wereta, Weldiya, Jimma, Bedele, Nekempte, Dire Dawa, Jijiga, Shashemene, Welkite Hosaena, said the General manager.


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