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19 Jun 2018, Gergana Bencheva, EMIS Editor

Ethiopia plans to split state-owned telecoms group to reduce monopoly

Ethiopia plans to split its state-owned telecommunications company Ethiopian Telecommunications Corp. (EthioTelecom) and sell stakes in the two new entities to private operators, Business Daily Africa reported citing the country’s PM Abiy Ahmed. The move is in line with the government’s attempt to reduce monopoly and spur competition in the sector.

Addis Ababa considers offering a total of 30% to 40% stake in the new telecoms to private operators, paving the way for huge potential investments by firms willing to boost their presence in the region. Until now, Ethiopia’s government has been wary of working with private groups, Business Daily Africa added.

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