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EriTel launches mobile phone network

Thursday 25 March 2004 | 00:00 CET | News
EriTel has launched Eritrea's first mobile phone network, one of the last countries to do so. There are currently 40k landlines in the country, well beneath demand, and it is hoped that 65k cellular numbers will be distributed in the first year. The entirely state-owned network was fully funded by the govt and is being built by Tecore Wireless Systems. It costs the equivalent of USDlr220 to buy a phone and SIM card in a country where the average income is an estimated USDlr700/y. EriTel customers will still not be able to communicate by phone with relatives in Ethiopia, with whom all telecoms

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