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International consortium to operate Ethiopian telecom services

By BFN News | 02:53 PM | Monday 24 May, 2021

An international consortium has been awarded a licence to operate telecom services in Ethiopia, aspiring to support Ethiopia's digital transformation and positively enhance the lives of its citizens. The Global Partnership for Ethiopia is being led by Safaricom Plc, a member of the Vodafone Group, and will establish a new operating company in Ethiopia which aims to start providing telecommunications services from 2022. In addition to Safaricom, the partnership includes: Vodacom Group; Vodafone Group; Sumitomo Corporation - one of the largest international trading and business investment companies; and CDC Group - the UK's development finance institution and impact investor. Ethiopia is home to over 112 million people, making it the second largest country in Africa by population. It is one of the last countries in the world to introduce competition in the telecom industry, a rigorous process started by the government in 2019 as part of its Economic Reform Agenda, with the support of the International Finance Corporation. The reforms aim to increase jobs, reduce poverty and grow the local economy in an inclusive and sustainable manner. The Global Partnership for Ethiopia was created to bring about transformational economic and social impact in the country. The provision of accessible, affordable and high quality mobile and internet connectivity by the Partnership will enable greater social inclusion as millions more Ethiopians access quality telecom services. Increased connectivity in Ethiopia will also boost the economy, impacting over 1 million jobs with digital training and skills, and bringing about productivity improvements for countless micro-entrepreneurs and small and medium sized enterprises. At 2:53pm: (LON:VOD) Vodafone Group PLC share price was 0p at 119.52p Story provided by

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