Ethio Telecom Reduces Broadband Internet Tariff

ADDIS ABEBA – Ethio telecom, the sole provider of telecom service in Ethiopia, announced on Thursday a tariff reduction on fixed broadband service. It has also tripled the speed of broadband internet.

The tariff reduction will have a “great impact on the development of the country, said Frehiwot Tamru, CEO of Ethio telecom.

The decision to reduce the tariff and increase the speed was made “to increase our customers’ satisfaction with our services”, she said.

The service of the existing fixed broadband internet subscribers will be upgraded to a minimum of 3 times higher than the current internet speed.

The latest reduction saw up to 65% tariff reduction for residential fixed broadband internet service users, 69% for enterprises.

The company has reduced the tariff for VPN internet customers by 72 percent.

Based on the latest move, the tariff reductions for a 1mbps internet service monthly fee which was previously birr 978 has been reduced to birr 499.

The 3191 birr monthly fee for 4mbps internet service has also been reduced to 699 birr.

The organization has also introduced a 12-month installment based payment for installation-related costs for those customers whose premises are located at a distance more than 500 meters from the Ethio telecom connection point.

Ethio telecom is working on bringing the latest technology at affordable prices to its customers, the CEO pledged while making the latest tariff reduction at Sheraton Addis.

Meanwhile, ministry of finance will delay beyond a March deadline the award of two telecoms licenses to multinational mobile companies following requests from interested bidders.

“The timeline is probably too aggressive for most operators,” Eyob Tekalign, State Minister of Finance, told Reuters on Wednesday

“They have requested the government should … allow them enough amount of time to prepare and compete.” He said a new timeline will be announced in the next two weeks.

Officials previously announced that they would issue the licenses by the end of 2019.

By Mhret G/Kristos

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