We launched services in Ethiopia in October 2022.
In May 2021, an international consortium named the Global Partnership for Ethiopia, comprising Safaricom Plc, Vodacom Group, Vodafone Group, Sumitomo Corporation and CDC Group, was awarded a licence to operate telecom services in Ethiopia.

This is the first new telecoms licence in the country, bringing competition to the market. 

We are looking forward to supporting Ethiopia to realise its economic and developmental potential through connectivity and digital services, enabling an inclusive, sustainable digital society. We believe that greater digitalisation in the country will support Ethiopia in achieving its UN Sustainable Development Goals commitments. 

Ethiopia is the second largest country in Africa in terms of population, with about 115 million people (2020). It is one of the UN’s least developed countries, and faces challenges in continuing its recent economic growth. Access to connectivity is also a challenge – only around 25% of the population in Ethiopia are using the internet.  

Ethiopia has one of the most rugged terrains in Africa, with highlands and lowlands to the east and west, mountains to the north, and the Great Rift Valley running through the centre of the country. 

On the map: Ethiopia’s national animal is the lion and its national flower the calla lily.

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