Ethiopia launches 4G mobile service in Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Ethiopia‘s state-run telecoms monopoly has launched a fourth generation (4G) mobile service in the capital Addis Ababa, aiming to catch up with the high-speed communications available in some east African neighbours such as Kenya and Uganda.

Africa’s telecoms industry is booming, with subscribers across the continent totalling almost 650 million in 2013, up from just 25 million in 2001, according to the World Bank.

But analysts say high-speed connections are vital to maintaining growth and supporting the wider economy.

Ethiopia is one of the last African countries to have a state monopoly in telecoms and has lagged some neighbours in rolling out 4G, which offers much faster speeds than 3G, allowing users to browse the Internet more easily and run complex applications.

Read more: Ethiopia launches 4G mobile service in the capital | Reuters.

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