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Yesterday, Ethio Telecom released its half-year report, which showed that the company has increased its data and internet users by 5.2 million users in just six months.

This represents a significant increase from the 26.1 million internet users Ethio Telecom reported in June 2022 and is the largest increase in internet users in the operator’s history, according to data collected from Statista and Ethio Telecom.

The half-year internet users’ growth also surpasses the growth recorded in voice subscribers, which was 3.2 million.

The state-owned operator also reported reaching 70 million subscribers and a 20% rise in half-year revenue to 33.8 billion birr ($633 million). However, the share of the revenue from data remains almost the same as last year, standing at 28%.

“In our first-ever performance review in a competitive market, we have seen tremendous achievements both in customer base and revenue! The company’s profit has also grown dramatically,” Mohammed Haji, Chief Sales officer at Ethio Telecom wrote on Linked-In.

According to Mohammed, Ethio Telecom is the 22nd largest operator in the world and the 2nd largest operator in Africa.

Telebirr, which was launched in May 2021, has gained more than 27.2 million customers and transacted a total of 166.1 billion birr in the economy in six months, generating an income of 82.5 million birr.

Rival Safaricom Ethiopia launched commercial mobile network services in October and now covers at least 21 cities across the country.

Shega’s efforts to uncover the reasons behind Ethio Telecom’s rising data and internet user numbers have been unsuccessful despite trying various sources.

Ethio Telecom’s data and internet reach from 2011 to 2022

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Kaleab Girma, an Addis Ababa-based reporter and researcher, with over six years of experience in the field. He currently serves as Shega's Editor-in-Chief and specializes in reporting on small businesses, innovation, technology, and startups in Ethiopia.


  • Mikael, January 15, 2023 @ 10:50 pm

    Ethio telecom has been the wind under the wings from way back when. Today more than ever our technology company has more power under its spell. Interpretation of data is in the eyes of the beholders. The revenue and subscribers growth is good by all means, to what end tough. Absence is dimmed failure. Our generation has time induced power to build, sustain, grow and deliver a revised Ethiopia model. A technology company that can empower the sectors in all aspects is in need. As for me Ethio Telecom is the parent company to other profit generating institutions . Principals can not be compromised if cooler minds prevail. A telecommunication company with the uncompromising Ethiopian know how has to emerge and deliver. Now is the time.

  • Mikael, January 15, 2023 @ 11:00 pm

    Please humor me , I do not believe I am loosing it. Too naive a dreamer. .

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