By Fred Harter
Posted on Thursday, 7 July 2022 17:10
Kenyan telecoms provider Safaricom will launch its Ethiopian network in the north-eastern city of Dire Dawa in August, the first stage of a phased national roll-out that will include 24 other sites by April 2023.
The staggered launch will make Safaricom’s services available to 25% of Ethiopia’s 110 million-strong population by the end of the financial year, according to Matthew Harrison-Harvey, Safaricom Ethiopia’s chief external affairs and regulatory officer.
“Of course we want to achieve more than that, and that’s what we’re focusing on,” Matthew Harrison-Harvey told reporters in Addis Ababa. “We are starting in Dire Dawa because that’s the closest place to being ready, and then we will be opening in other cities including Addis Ababa in the next few months.”
Safaricom’s goal is for its network to cover the entire country.
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