Safaricom switches on its NETWORK in Addis Ababa



The Kenyan telecom Giant Safaricom has officially switched on its network in Addis Ababa ahead of the start of commercial operations in Ethiopia.

President William Ruto has left the country for Ethiopia where he will preside over the launch of Safaricom in the country.

A brief from State House said Ruto will preside over the launch of the Teclo together with his host, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

The leaders will hold bilateral talks in Addis Ababa ahead of the event.

In July this year, Safaricom announced that it will start commercial services in Ethiopia.

The company, part of the Vodafone group, has been under mounting pressure over its failure to meet the previous launch deadline in April 2022.

The phased commercial launch will commence in October, culminating in the switching on of Safaricom network in 25 cities across Ethiopia by April 2023.

The event will be witnessed by the President of the Republic of Kenya HE Dr William Ruto, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ali and safaricom Chief Executive Officer Dr Peter Ndengwa together with safaricom top cream officers.

“We are exploring new fronts in our relations with Ethiopia to pursue shared interests, especially in the area of technology, for our mutual prosperity” President Ruto Tweeted after landing to Addis ababa.

“Arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for bilateral talks with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali and the launch of Safaricom Ethiopia.