MTN Group has announced plans to invest over USD120 million in its South Sudanese operations over the next three years. In a statement on its social media pages, MTN said it discussed ‘issues of mutual interest, including investment in digital infrastructure and services’ with South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit. The statement also added that MTN South Sudan has recently received approval to begin providing mobile money services in the country.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database states that MTN had a total of 1.94 million mobile subscriptions at the end of June 2021, making it South Sudan’s largest operator with a market share of 63.8%.
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In 2019, mobile technologies and services generated 9% of GDP in sub-Saharan Africa – 155 billion USD. Raising the level of very broadband penetration at the dawn of the digital economy has the potential to multiply this economic performance.
In 2020, third generation mobile technology represented 52% of mobile networks in sub-Saharan Africa against 36% for 2G and only 12% for 4G. By 2025, the World Association of Telephone Operators (GSMA) indicates that 3G will represent 58% of mobile networks compared to only 28% for 4G. In its GSMA Mobile Economy 2021 report, the Association indicates that the place of 2G in mobile networks will drop to 11% while 5G, which has already appeared on the continent, will represent less than 10% of mobile networks.
According to the GSMA, telecom operators will invest nearly 50 billion USD in their networks by 2025 and 34% of this amount will be for 5G. It is therefore 2G, 3G and 4G that will help bring the number of mobile subscribers to half a billion in 2021 in sub-Saharan Africa. 3G and 4G will support the achievement of one billion mobile connections in 2024 and 50% subscriber penetration by 2025, estimated by the Association in its report The Mobile Economy Sub-Saharan Africa 2020. However, in view of the challenges of the digital transformation accelerated by Covid-19, this performance seems insufficient for the GSMA.
The international organization says that “ the mobile industry in sub-Saharan Africa has largely taken up the challenge of keeping individuals and businesses connected during the pandemic, despite changes in data consumption patterns. However, with nearly 800 million people in the region still not connected to mobile internet, bridging the digital divide has never been more urgent ”.
Currently, sub-Saharan Africa ranks last in the world in terms of the quality of telecom networks. In their study “THE NETWORK READINESS INDEX 2020: Accelerating Digital Transformation in a post-COVID Global Economy”, Portulans Institute and Sterlite Technologies Limited reveal that the continent is the least ready region at all levels, especially in terms of technology.
By 2024, the GSMA estimates that the economic contribution of mobile to the economy of sub-Saharan Africa will reach nearly USD 185 billion. This performance could be much more important at the dawn of the digital economy if investment in very high speed broadband is increased.
Source: Agence Ecofin
Ethiopia is a hotly contested market, considering its growing population and slow penetration by telecommunication services. The country has more than 100 million people and an estimated mobile penetration rate of 39%, which is pretty low.
Vodacom has emerged as a winner in the heated race to enter Ethiopia, beating its rival MTN in being awarded a telecommunications licence in Africa’s second most populous country.
Vodacom announced on Monday that a consortium, which it is part of, has been officially awarded a telecommunications licence by Ethiopia’s government.
Vodacom joined forces with its parent company, Vodafone, together with Safaricom (Kenya’s largest telecoms provider), CDC Group (the UK’s development finance institution), and Sumitomo Corporation (a Japanese firm with investments in mining, infrastructure, and other industries) to form the consortium that successfully placed a bid for a licence in Ethiopia. Safaricom is leading the consortium.
Vodacom will have the lowest level of participation in the consortium, with a shareholding of 6.2%, followed by the CDC Group (holding 10.9%), Sumitomo Corporation (27.2%), and Safaricom (55.7%). This is the first time that Vodacom’s participation in the consortium has been unveiled.
Going the consortium route has spared Vodacom the high costs associated with purchasing a full-service telecommunications licence. A consortium approach also means that Vodacom will share the financial risk with other companies in building, owning, and operating a nationwide telecommunications network in Ethiopia.
A new operating company in Ethiopia – called Safaricom Telecommunications Ethiopia – has been established by the consortium partners, and will be responsible for providing telecommunications services in the East African country.
Vodacom said it had officially entered into agreements with other consortium partners on 10 September to fund Safaricom Telecommunications Ethiopia and provide it with strategic operational support. Vodacom didn’t disclose how much money it will pour into Safaricom Telecommunications Ethiopia.
But Vodacom’s consortium has successfully outbid the one that MTN is part of in the race to secure a licence from the Ethiopian government. The Vodacom consortium outbid MTN by $250-million (R3.5-billion). Bloomberg reported that the consortium that includes Vodacom submitted a bid of $850-million (R12-billion). MTN recently confirmed to Business Maverick that its consortium, which includes the Silk Road Fund – China’s state-owned investment fund that mostly bankrolls infrastructure, energy, and resource projects – placed a bid of $600-million (R8.5-billion).
Ethio Telecom, which is owned by the Ethiopian government, is the major provider of telecommunications services in the country. Two telecommunication licences were initially up for grabs, as Ethiopia’s government has attempted to privatise its multibillion-dollar telecommunications industry since 2020 to end the government’s monopoly.
In the end, Ethiopia’s government cancelled the sale of the second telecommunications licence, opting to issue one licence. MTN said Ethiopia “is a big opportunity” and the telecommunications giant will consider submitting another bid for a licence when the second bidding process is launched by the government.
A foray into Ethiopia has always been a stated ambition of MTN’s management team and board. Its former president and CEO Rob Shuter expressed an interest in the Ethiopian market. This ambition is now shared by Shuter’s successor, Ralph Mupita, who plans to implement MTN’s new strategy of focusing on the rest of Africa and allocating more capital in the continent by 2025.
Ethiopia is a hotly contested market, considering its growing population and slow penetration by telecommunication services. Ethiopia has more than 100 million people and an estimated mobile penetration rate of 39%, according to research firm DataReportal. Telecommunications companies generate higher profits if they grow their active mobile subscribers or if more people sign up for their services.
Peter Takaendesa, a senior portfolio manager at Mergence Investment Managers, said Ethiopia is a hotly contested country, as “every company wants exposure to the market” because it is “the last remaining large market that hasn’t been explored by international companies”. DM/BM
Rotating Chairman of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, Eric Xu Zhiju, has teased a new book published by his company that says 6G will be ready by 2030.
That’s not an especially risky prediction, as new wireless generations tend to emerge at the start of each decade. Rather, this feels like Huawei (and by extension China) putting down a marker to the rest of the world on 6G. It’s effectively saying ‘we’ll be going ahead as planned with 6G whether the rest of the world cooperates or not.
“Huawei will define 5.5G and research 6G at the same time in the next few years, and it is a test of the whole industry’s imagination and creativity whether 6G can surpass (5G and 5.5G technologies),” Xu is quoted as writing on Huawei’s online community by Chinese government-controlled news site Global Times. Google Translate wasn’t up to the challenge so we’ll just have to hope that translation is accurate.
Tellingly the Global Times piece then bangs on about what a great job Huawei has done of handling all the stuff the US has thrown at it. “The US ban has hurt Huawei’s business to some extent, but has not been able to hurt it fundamentally,” it quotes ‘independent’ analyst Xiang Ligang as saying in the piece. “Backed by China’s vast market, Huawei managed to maintain its capital, staff team and research capabilities, which I believe will empower the company to push forward next-generation technologies and reinforce its lead in the global telecom industry.”
There doesn’t seem to have been any talk of a standard split, but Xu did stress the danger of creating impediments to global cooperation. “Whether the industries can achieve satisfying results (in 6G development) around 2030 largely depends on such factors as if the process of defining 6G is open enough, whether the participants are pluralistic, and if the communication is thorough enough,” he’s quoted as saying.
Telecom veteran expert Fu Liang, interviewed by the Global Times, was less reticent. “If political tensions worsen, it’s also possible that 6G will have two sets of standards instead one like in the past, but of course that will increase the costs of connectivity and bring losses to global companies,” he’s quoted as saying.
One probable innovation in 6G will be the basic radio-wave technology, with Dr Ronny Hadani, Chief Scientific Officer at Cohere Technologies, keen on something called OTFS. “4G and 5G are both based on Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) waveforms,” he said in an emailed statement.
“However, 6G is going to require a waveform that offers better performance and supports extreme and high mobility scenarios – a problem identified by several standards bodies and forums. Subsequently, one of the first major specifications for 6G is likely to be that it uses Orthogonal Time Frequency and Space (OTFS) as the basis for a new waveform. OFTS’s waveform is oblivious to distortion and therefore can offer much better performance and spectral efficiency. This will enable a whole range of high-mobility use cases already being associated with 6G.”
Sound good, although it should be noted the Cohere has been sniffing around this tech for some time. If we assume Hadani is right, might there be more than one way of going about OTFS? Or will there be some equivalent of the space race, with the first country to crack it claiming some kind of bragging rights over everyone else? It seems almost inevitable that 6G will be the most politicised mobile standard yet, but maybe that might also pull the US and China beck from the brink in this new cold war.
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The Nova Y60 is ideal for young South Africans who want a smartphone that is as trendy as they are.
It boasts a lightweight form factor and was designed with both ergonomics and aesthetics in mind, while its colour variants – Crush Green and Midnight Black – let you pick the Y60 that suit your style.
Its 6.6-inch HD+ display is perfect for watching your favourite shows or scrolling through social media feeds, and it is powered by a massive 5,000mAh battery that lets you watch online video content for 15 hours straight before you run out of battery.
The Nova Y60’s camera is equally impressive, with a triple-lens system offering incredible versatility, while its powerful front camera features an AI Beauty algorithm for the best selfies.
Huawei announces much-awaited 2021 App development competition: Huawei HMS App Innovation Contest (Apps UP)
– Large prize pool includes up to US$200K for developers in MEA
– Unique opportunity for developers in Africa to showcase talent and relevance
Not all superheroes wear capes. Some sit behind a desk conjuring up ways in which they can use technology to make the World a better place. Whether it’s to improve health and education systems or to alleviate stress and improve mental well-being through fun and supportive video games, these apps are always in demand. A call has been made once again to developers around the World to put their skills to the test on a Global stage with the launch of the 2021 HUAWEI HMS App Innovation Contest, Apps UP.
Level up your innovation
The competition aims to inspire talented developers around the World to create seamless, smart, and innovative digital experiences, and explore the future of digital intelligence. By highlighting pioneering HMS open capabilities, the competition gives App developers the tools to build tomorrow’s all-connected World. This includes constructing the future of technology and bringing all-scenario smart life experiences to Huawei end users in over 170 countries and regions, reaching over 650 million Huawei users globally.
Hard work leads to big rewards
The Apps UP competition from Huawei is a real-life example that hard work pays off. The competition will be held in Middle East & Africa, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and China. Huawei has set aside US$1 million from the Shining Star Program as prize money for the contest.
US$200,000 will be allocated for the following award winners in Middle East and Africa:
• Best Application Award
• Best Game Award
• Most Social Impact Award
• Best HMS Core Innovation Award
• All-Scenario Coverage Award
• Excellent Student Award
• Starlight Creative Award, and
• Honourable Mention Award.
This year’s contest also includes a new Tech Women’s Award, and will feature speeches from outstanding women in tech, with the goal of supporting and encouraging – together with HUAWEI Women Developers – female developers in realising their dreams by pursuing groundbreaking work.
Winners are also eligible for additional rewards, such as HUAWEI AppGallery promotional resources, Huawei cloud resources, and exclusive incentives for paid HMS Core capabilities, among others.
The theme for this year’s Huawei HMS App Innovation Contest is “HMS Innovate for All”. How to enter
To enter, participants must register an account on the official competition website, between 14 June and 20 August 2021 and sign up as either an individual or as a team of up to three members. All Apps must be developed integrating HMS Core and submitted on the same website by 20 August 2021. The panel of judges will pre-select work based on social value, business value, user experience and originality, and this will happen between 21 August and 9 September. From there, the top 20 shortlisted apps in each region will be made available to the public to download and vote for their favourites on the competition’s official website or HUAWEI AppGallery from 11 September to 23 September, before making their way to the finals in October. To find out more, click here.
A distinguished judging panel, with diverse professional experience
Judges for the contest include technical experts, executives and founders in finance and tech, leading tech media voices, and representatives from non-profit sectors. Their abundant experience will prove invaluable to contestants, inspiring them to greater heights.
Over four million entrants
The 2020 HUAWEI HMS App Innovation Contest attracted more than 3,000 teams from over 170 countries and regions in the five competition regions. 20 outstanding Apps were shortlisted in each region, among thousands of HMS innovative Apps submitted. These Apps covered every facet of daily life, inspiring smart experiences in health and fitness, education, agriculture, environmental protection, transportation, and public safety, among many others. The contest reached more than four million developers. Standout entries from South Africa, which were recognised and rewarded, were as follows:
• Pregnancy educational App, My Pregnancy Journey – Best App and Best Social Impact App winner
• Space adventure game, Gauntlet – Best Game winner
• Space adventure game, Slug Hunter – Honourable Mention
• Load shedding informational App, Load Shedding Notifier – Honourable Mention
About Huawei Developer resources
Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) provide global developers with unique hardware and software synergy, powering unprecedented success, with solutions that facilitate efficient development and quick customer acquisition. All-device distribution through a single point of access, allows developers to focus solely on innovation, providing Huawei device users with the best possible seamless smart experiences.
Fully-open HMS Core: All HMS Core capabilities are open to developers. HMS Core 5.0 was officially launched in June 2020, opening up seven domains: App services, graphics, AI, media, system, security, and smart device, with a total of 60 kits and more than 12,000 APIs. To support efficient integration of HMS Core, Huawei provides a range of development tools, such as HMS Toolkit and Reality Studio, which enable developers to quickly build acclaimed apps at remarkably low costs.
Full-process support service: The HMS Connect platforms provide developers and partners with comprehensive services, including development, testing, release, and operations, among many others. AppGallery Connect, which is closely related to the contest, offers support across the entire app lifecycle: Innovation, development, distribution, operation, and analysis, helping developers carry out optimally efficient operations.
Full-lifecycle support: HUAWEI Developers provides efficient one-stop operations support services covering the entire app and service development lifecycle. The platform is supported in Chinese, English, and Russian. It’s capable of verifying the identity of enterprises, individuals, merchants, and customers that have registered for a HUAWEI ID, and offering a wide array of services, including reporting, Email Direct Marketing (EDM), direct messaging, and advertising through Huawei’s official media channels. Furthermore, developers can enjoy access to real time technical support. Payments generated from apps and services are supported in more than 200 countries and regions and across a broad range of currencies.
Over the last 36 months, 5G has rapidly gained mindshare in society as a vital technology.
But not all stakeholders in industries adjacent to the telecom industry understand what makes 5G different from its predecessors.
In this post, we describe a set of strategic choices made for previous mobile generations of which we made a single choice. 5G makes it possible to embrace both options, thereby unlocking larger opportunities earlier in the deployment cycle.
Here are 5 Reasons Why 5G Makes a Real Difference:
5G is for Both Consumer and Business Users
The introduction of 4G was consumer-led, with infrastructure and device technology development centred around smartphones for consumers. Businesses adopted consumer technology through a more visible, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement. Internet of Things (IoT) realisations using 4G focused on re-using technology designed for smartphones at a later stage of the 4G journey. Where devices such as smartwatches came after smartphones.
5G always has been a consumer AND business-led phenomenon. The existing consumer-led market is growing at 0.53 percent CAGR this decade, and the business-led market is growing at 12 percent CAGR. In simple terms, the consumer segment will remain the business foundation, and the business segment represents the growth potential for communications service providers (CSPs).
5G gives enterprises access to a richer value proposition for wireless connectivity. The 5G standards have prioritised whole business use categories, such as massive IoT and critical IoT. Service providers are transforming their marketing and sales teams to engage beyond selling SIM cards and buckets of data traffic, to supporting the digital transformation of enterprises.
5G Enables Both Mobile Broadband and Fixed Wireless Access
Mobile broadband led with its coverage and capacity capabilities during the rollout of 4G infrastructure. Cellular technology, which provided internet access to mobile devices, was dominated by smartphones, and fixed wireless 4G applications came to market once mobile broadband applications were successful in niche volumes.
5G is enhanced mobile broadband AND fixed wireless access (FWA) led from the start. Mobile broadband to smartphones defines initial coverage plans and device introduction strategies. Half of the 800+ 5G devices launched to date are smartphones. FWA using 5G comes earlier in the deployment cycle and will play a larger role in the market. We expect FWA to grow from 60 million in 2020 to 180 million in 2026. A mix of 4G and 5G will connect the next 100 million households, with 5G serving 70 million connections by 2026.
5G allows fixed wireless to become a powerful alternative to wired broadband where fibre doesn’t exist and where existing copper/coax infrastructure delivers subpar performance. 5G can be rolled out faster, at a lower cost, and with a high synergy between fixed and mobile broadband upgrades.
5G is for Universal Use, as well as for Business and Mission-Critical Use
4G started as a homogenous business proposition, defined around a universal internet connectivity service. All applications and all users would get equal access to the available network capacity. Today, support for unique requirements by business and mission-critical applications vary across 4G networks.
Network architecture and design for 5G support all three connectivity types. These connectivity types leverage traffic separation, reliability, availability, and security as the main improvement areas, from standards to implementation, and allow us to raise the bar for what 5G can support. One network supporting all three connectivity types is vital for applications where dedicated spectrum and infrastructure is not an option. The FirstNet deployed by AT&T in the United States is an excellent example of how powerful these combinations are already.
Business-critical connectivity supports business processes where performance, security, availability, and reliability are higher and require service level agreements. Mission-critical applications support users, like first responders, who have even higher requirements and where nationwide coverage is vital.
Network slicing is a mechanism introduced with 5G, where network resources in a public or private network can be dynamically allocated for different connectivity types. This opens the door for mobile infrastructure to play a bigger role as a platform for digital transformation supporting tailored connectivity services. We are at the point where one network slice does not fit all use cases any longer.
5G is in Both Public Networks and Private Networks
Today, public networks use 4G technology, and private networks use WiFi technology for wireless connectivity. 4G uses licensed spectrum, and WiFi uses unlicensed spectrum. These distinct silos with a service provider that are linked to a specific spectrum and technology are changing.
4G and 5G are moving beyond public networks and into the private or hybrid network domain, using licensed, shared or spectrum acquired on commercial terms. Ownership preference for private networks varies by industry. Private networks use a dedicated or shared spectrum.
The private network movement comes from the demand for superior cellular technologies for business-critical applications. 5G offers the performance of inflexible wired infrastructure with the flexibility of insecure and unreliable wireless alternatives.
New business models are emerging for private/hybrid networks with different combinations of spectrum ownership, network asset ownership, service provider, and degree of support for public services – mobile broadband, for example.
Urban, Suburban and Rural Coverage through 5G
The roll-out of 4G started with a focus on urban and suburban areas. Ten years into the deployment cycle, there are still areas in developed economies without 4G coverage. Citizens in rural areas are often left one mobile generation behind, accepting less capable infrastructure options.
Access and early access to 5G is necessary for both urban, suburban AND rural communities. Luckily, market forces are currently driving 5G implementation in urban and suburban areas. Early 5G builds in rural communities come from a combination of visionary business and society leaders who see the potential of 5G, and government subsidies.
The real value of 5G in rural communities is threefold. First, rural consumers will get digital access for their work and leisure that’s on par with their urban and suburban peers. Second, rural businesses will get the opportunity to be equal partners in the digital economy.
For example, many industries such as agriculture, outdoor recreation and green energy production will remain in rural areas and go through a digital transformation. And finally, rural communities will gain anchor institutions like education and healthcare that are on par with cities.
5G has the potential to close two digital divides in mobile and fixed broadband, with one infrastructure. Not in areas where fibre already exists or will reach this decade, but for the large areas beyond the fibre footprint.
Source: IT News Africa
Nigeria’s smartphone market grew 2.0% in unit terms quarter on quarter (QoQ) in Q2 2021, according to the latest figures from global technology and consulting services firm International Data Corporation (IDC).
However, the firm’s Quarterly Global Mobile Phone Tracker also shows that feature phone shipments into the country declined 6.4% over the same period. Feature phones accounted for 51.8% of the market’s overall shipments in Q2 2021, with smartphones responsible for the remaining 48.2% share.
The smartphone market’s growth in Q2 2021 was spurred by vendors launching various new models, increasing their investments in marketing activities, and shifting their product portfolios towards entry-level and mid-range devices.
Transsion’s Tecno, Itel, and Infinix brands dominated the country’s smartphone market in Q2 2021 with 76.9% unit share. Samsung placed second with 10.0% share, while Nokia and Xiaomi followed with respective shares of 3.7% and 2.9%.
With many consumers continuing to prefer physical stalls, smartphones sales through offline retail channels grew 1.7% QoQ in Q1 2021. However, smartphone sales through online channels grew 7.8% over the same period as e-tailers in the country improved their delivery capabilities, facilitated secure payments, and capitalised on improved consumer confidence.
Feature phones continue to be the preferred secondary device in the Nigerian market, mainly due to slow infrastructure development and the country experiencing constant power outages.
The major players in the feature phone space in Q2 2021 were Tecno with 45.8% unit share, Itel (35.1%), and Nokia (12.7%). Feature phone shipments declined as the devices now face stiff competition from ultra-low-end smartphones in the <$100 price segment, whose affordability makes them more attractive to consumers.
The transition from feature phones to smartphones is also accelerating as a result of more consumers demanding access to the internet.
Figure 1: Nigeria Smartphone Market by Price Band Share (Units)
Nigeria Smartphone Market by Price Band Share, Q2 2020-Q2 2021
“With reduced consumer purchasing power due to the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the entry-level <$200 segment of the smartphone market continued to lead the way in Q2 2021 with 86.7% unit share,” says George Mbuthia, a research analyst with IDC. “The affordability of these models, together with improvements in core features such as larger storage, better battery life, and bigger screen sizes, led to an increase in sales during the quarter. Transsion and Samsung were particularly successful in capturing greater market share by launching new models into this rewarding market segment.”
IDC expects Nigeria’s overall mobile phone market to decline 7.0% QoQ in Q3 2021, with feature phone shipments declining 6.0% and smartphone shipments declining 8.0%. This is due to the existence of large inventories following high levels of shipments during the first half of the year and the fact that borders remain closed, thereby hindering cross-border trade.
“The global chip shortage will also affect the market, although there is still uncertainty over the scale of its impact,” says Dr Ramazan Yavuz, a senior research manager at IDC. “Despite the anticipated negative impact of the chip shortage, the Nigerian market will rebound somewhat in Q4 2021, with demand spurred by Black Friday and the festive period in November and December.”
Last May, Tanzania obtained a loan from the World Bank to develop its telecoms infrastructure. The government wants to invest in improving the broadband connection for more than 75% of the population.
The Tanzanian Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies has entrusted the Tanzania Telecommunications Corporation Limited (TTCL) with the extension of the national fiber optic infrastructure. The public operator will back this extension to the electricity grid of the Tanzania Electricity Supply Company Limited (TANESCO). A memorandum of understanding was signed to this effect on Tuesday, September 7, between the CEO of Tanesco, Tito Mwinuka, and the permanent secretary of the ministry, Zainabu Chaula, in Dar es Salaam.
At the signing, the Minister Faustine Ndugulile, said the top national debit is a must in the 4 th industrial revolution. The latter “is based on a combination of various digital and modern technologies such as blockchain, drones, internet, artificial intelligence and more … To be able to use all these technologies effectively, we need communication and communication. ‘a reliable power supply ,’ she explained.
This new investment in optical fiber is part of the Digital Tanzania Project (DTP), whose objective is, among other things, access for more than 75% of the Tanzanian population to a high-speed mobile network signal. The connection of 425 ministries, departments and public agencies and the increase in the number of monthly connections from 200,000 to at least 500,000 for the public service are also objectives. Last May, the government received a loan of USD 150 million from the World Bank to finance the entire project.
By the end of the year, the national fiber optic infrastructure should be extended by 4,450 km, more than double the 1,880 km planned for the financial year 2021/2022, said Zainabu Chaula. This extension will bring broadband connection to more than ten regions of the country. For Faustine Ndugulile, it is high time that ” every household connected to electricity has access to the Internet “.
Source: Agence Ecofin
Sensitivity analysis conducted by ethio telecom projected that the ongoing war in the north and destruction of telecom infrastructure in different parts of the country might cause the loss of 5.1 billion birr, CEO of ethio telecom, Frehiwot Tamru stated during a publicity session on August 20, 2021 at Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Aimed at publicizing a new business plan, new products and services of the company and its targeted revenue of collecting 70 billion birr, the publicity session saw Frehiwot project 5.1 billion birr could be deducted from the targeted revenue due to the destruction of infrastructure in different parts of the country.
While the competition, which emanates from the liberalization and partial privatization of the sector, is inevitable, the company aspires and works to become a preferred telecom operator, Frehiwot said.
Despite efforts of the company to expand the telecom service to all corners of the country, Frehiwot underscored, destruction of infrastructure remains a challenge as the finance allotted for maintenance of such infrastructure could have been allocated to expand the services to inaccessible areas and introduce other new services.
The company indicated that it has developed a three-year strategic plan to meet the market dynamism and reshape and lead the company with a competitive mindset.
Frehiwot stressed that to ensure competitiveness and sustainable growth of the company, a new strategy that takes into consideration relevant government policies, international best practices and industry trends, has been developed.
Various important analyses have also been conducted, which include internal and external stakeholders’ interest and expectation, previous performance of the company, organizational resources and capacities, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in the external environment and the market dynamics.
Concerning the improvement of network coverage and capacity, more than 3.88 million additional mobile network capacities will be installed in Addis Ababa and the regions. Furthermore, the company is also finalizing its preparations to launch the 5G mobile technology as a pilot project, which will be implemented this fiscal year.
The first private mobile operator run by a consortium of Vodafone, Vodacom, Safaricom, Sumitomo Corporation, and the CDC Group, has won the bid and moved a step closer and is expected to launch its service at the beginning of 2022.