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Lenore Staats

Consumers will soon have a lot more choice when it comes to their mobile phone provider

The first stage in the opening up of one of the continent’s
largest telecoms markets is now complete as Ethiopia’s communications regulator
has revealed that it has received interest from 12 potential buyers of two
licences.

Up to now, state-owned Ethio Telecom has had a monopoly
on the phone and internet business in Ethiopia, which has a population of 109
million.

The introduction of competition could transform the market
and boost the number of mobile subscribers, which stood at 37 million in 2017
according

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