Ethiopia: Opening up Ethiotel to competition will be a big challenge

Ethiopia: Opening up Ethiotel to competition will be a big challenge

By Quentin Velluet

Ethio Telecom headquarters in Addis Ababa. Eric Lafforgue/Hans Lucas

Ethio Telecom is increasingly the object of criticism within Addis Ababa’s highest spheres of influence. This has encouraged the Ethiopian government to initiate plans to partially privatise it as soon as possible.

Aware that its monopoly on the Ethiopian market will soon be nothing more than an old dream, Ethio Telecom (Ethiotel) has been preparing for several months to compete with its new adversary, the consortium formed by Britain’s Vodafone.

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