Ethio Telecom is working with the Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE having signed a 1.6 billion dollar contract in August 2013 for the upgrade of mobile phone infrastructure. Ethio Telecom will therefore be replacing the old mobile phone networks installing the 4G broadband technology in Addis Ababa.
4G (fourth generation) is the fourth generation of mobile telecommunications technology. A 4G system in addition to the usual voice and and other services of 3G, provides ultra broadband internet access, for example to laptops with USB wireless modems, to smart phones, and to other mobile services. Conceivable applications include amended mobile web access, IP telephony, gaming services, high definition mobile TV, video conferencing, 3D television, and cloud computing.
The 4G service will be of the LTE (Long term evolution) standard for wireless communication of high speed data terminals based on the GSM/EDGE and UMTS/HSPA network technologies, increasing the capacity and speed using a different radio interface together with core network improvements.
LTE is, therefore, anticipated to becoming the first truly global mobile phone standard.
The network expansion project will be implemented through three phases:
First phase was completed this April 2014 replacing the network of Nokia’s telecom network in Addis Ababa, covering a total of 75 areas, further increasing the network capacity from 40,000 to 1.2 million.
Second phase consists of replacing and expanding 647 areas of the old mobile networks previously installed by ZTE.
Third phase, the final phase, will be the installation of the new 4G tech in Addis Ababa planned to be completed by June 2014.