Ericsson has signed a framework agreement with Ethio Telecom to upgrade its 2G/3G network in Ethiopia. 

The vendor will provide communications equipment alongside design, planning, optimisation and deployment services as Ethio Telecom looks to improve its services and network quality.

Ericsson will also add capacity to help the operator accommodate some 60 million subscribers in the country.

Rafiah Ibrahim, Head of Region Middle East and North East Africa at Ericsson, said: "Ethiopia's 3G market is rapidly growing, driven by [a] high demand on connectivity. Ericsson is devoted to support the development of Ethiopia's telecom industry, leveraging our global expertise and technology leadership.

“Today's signing of the framework agreement will further solidify our partnership with Ethio Telecom as we will work together to ensure rewarding new user experience for Ethiopian consumers in the new connectivity era and we are fully confident that we will together achieve this objective.”

Ethio Telecom said customers in the south of the country would benefit from “richer, more innovative” mobile services as a result of the agreement.

Andualem Admassie, CEO of Ethio Telecom, commented: "Ethio Telecom sees this agreement with Ericsson as an important step towards fulfilling the country's need for communication under the Telecom Expansion Plan.”

The contract marks the latest in a line of Africa-based contract wins for Ericsson.

Last month, Ericsson secured a contract with Egyptian operator Mobinil to provide packet core technology and data migration services, while also winning a second with Bharti Airtel to provide new LTE spectrum in the Seychelles.

Zimbabwean operator Econet Wireless chose the vendor as its sole provider of radio equipment in the same month.

The Sweden-based vendor reported that revenues in Africa fell nine percent in the third quarter of 2014.​

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