ADDIS ABABA – Ethio Telecom has entered into an agreement with the Addis Ababa city administration to deploy a wide area network as part of the implementation of a smart city project.
Ethio Telecom’s CEO Frehiwot Tamru signed a strategic memorandum of understanding with the City’s Innovation and Technology development bureau Chief Solomon Amare on Tuesday.
According to the MoU, Ethio Telecom will install a wide area network or SD-WAN Network infrastructure to interconnect different bureaus and service-rendering institutions of the city with the main data center.
The project will interlink 11 sub-city offices, 120 woredas, and 44 different bureaus of the city through superspeed and high bandwidth optical services or Lamda Connectivity with a capacity of up to 100 Gigabytes (GB).
The telco says the project will contribute to efforts to make Addis Ababa a technology hub and address the ever-growing technology demands and data security concerns of the city administration, interconnecting the sub-cities and woredas “with mission-critical technology and real-time services.”
The technologies to be deployed will “be the latest operating system, of high quality, reliable and efficient that can enable to provide quality services to the residents of the city and maximize the performance capacity and efficiency of service provision,” the state-owned telecom service provider said.
Apart from Addis Ababa, Ethio Telecom has a similar agreement with the Adama City administration. The implementation of the Adama Smart City Project has already been initiated, per the telco.