Ethiopia Electric Utility Partners with Motorola Solutions

ADDIS ABEBA – The Ethiopia Electric Utility company (EEU) announced the deployment of a new mission-critical radio communications system from Motorola Solutions in Addis Ababa.

The new system will assist in improving the safety of grid operations and maintenance staff and elevate the level of service for millions of customers in the region.

The deployed solution – Motorola Solutions’ ASTRO 25 land mobile radio (LMR) system – will support the mission-critical communications needs of EEU teams including hundreds of users from service to repair and restoration teams.

Shiferae Telila, CEO of EEU, said: “As a grid operator, two of our major concerns are the safety of our employees and the service we provide our customers”.

“In order to achieve both, it’s crucial to have a reliable communications system to support our teams’ mission-critical needs,” he said. “Our uncompromising approach to safety led us to choose a system deployed by top mission-critical users globally”.

Some of the core communication sites are powered by a hybrid-electric and solar-powered system, and include a backup energy solution, ensuring communications at all times.

The system is highly scalable and designed to enable the EEU to further expand the coverage to other regions.

Yuval Hanan, East Africa Region Manager for Motorola Solutions, the company is “proud to partner” with the electric utility firm.

This would help “them in their mission to provide better service to their customers while keeping the safety of their employees”, Yuval added.