Saturday, December 10, 2005

Ethiopia to link Sudan via optic fiber telephone line

Ethiopia and Sudan, two of the world's poorest and least-wired nations, want to expand information and communication technologies coverage to the respective country in the future.

The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC), the country's only state-owned information and communication technologies provider, said Friday it has begun activities to link Ethiopia and Sudan with optic fiber telephone line along the Gondar-Gelabat border road.

Some six towns and rural kebeles along the optic fiber installation line would also get telephone service.

Farmers living along the cable installation route have been taking part in the digging of cable burying canal.

Some 25 km of the cable burying canal has so far been dug, while the remaining work is expected to be fully finalized during the current budget year.

Full report (Xinhua/ST) 10 Dec 2005.


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