Ruto to attend Safaricom Ethiopia launch

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East Africa's telecommunication giant Safaricom is set to launch its commercial operations in Ethiopia today.

The project is part of the company's regional expansion efforts to provide world-class telecommunication services to more than 112 million Ethiopians.

Safaricom Ethiopia had secured approvals for towers development, built two data centres, made the first test call, sent out the first test SMS, and completed the first data session.

"We have made significant progress towards a commercial launch. We are engaging with the Ethiopian Communications Authority and other relevant partners about the requirements…" said Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa in May this year.

President William Ruto is expected to grace the occasion as the guest of honour along with his counterpart, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed.

Safaricom Ethiopia CEO Anwar Soussa and Safaricom Ethiopia chairman Michael Joseph will also be present.

The event begins at 4:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. East African Time.

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