Ethiotelecom has a monopoly on telecommunication services in Ethiopia and has agreed to pay 55% compensation to phone owners while 14 Ethiopian phone manufacturers are expected to cover the remaining amount.
4 million phones already in use in Ethiopia are set to become ineffective, as a side effect of a phone registration policy that will soon be put into effect, according to a recent investigative reporting by a private media agency in Ethiopia.
The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology led by Debrestion Gebremichael (Ph.D.) has prepared regulations for a phone registration system, purportedly to curb the untaxed inflow of phones into the country, and it is in this connection that millions of phones are becoming defunct.
The only reason why this controversial plan was not put into action a month ago, according to an April 19th article by the Ethiopian Reporter, is because of a disagreement between the Ethiotelecom and the 14 Ethiopian based manufacturers of phones, the two groups are apparently cost sharing to compensate customers.
It is not yet clear which type of phones or by what criteria the phones will be rendered unusable in this device based control effort.
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