Over 16,000 kebeles in Ethiopia get access to telecommunication services

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Addis Ababa, 13 June 2014 (WIC) – Over 16,000 out of the total 18,000 kebeles (villages) in Ethiopia have gained access to telecommunication services, according to Ethio telecom.


Ethio telecom Corporate Communication Head, Abdurahim Ahmed, told WIC that there were very limited telephone lines and services in the country and it was impossible for the rural people to get telephone line in their villages some 10 years back.


But on the bases of highest government wishes and technology advantages, currently over 16,000 Kebeles have been benefited from getting access to telephone services in their localities, he said.


The rural communities were getting access to telecommunication services travelling to a distance of up to 30 kilometers. “But now they are getting the service within a maximum of 5 kilometers walking distance,” he said.


According to him, all rural kebeles would get access to telecommunication services by the end of the 2015.


Abdurahim further said that the Teledensity in the country has also reached to 27 per cent from only 0.23 per cent a decade ago.


The total number of Ethio-telecom customers that are benefiting from its various services has reached over 27 million, he said. It hopes to raise the number to 60 million by the end of the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) period.


Abdurahim finally said that Ethio-telecom is undertaking massive expansion works so as to alleviate the existing net work problems and improve the quality of its services.

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