For the third time since the beginning of this year, Ethio telecom held an inauguration ceremony to kick off its 4G LTE Advanced network. This time, to the east of the country. The latest is the launching of the service in seven towns in Somali Regional State last week, including Jigjiga, the Somali Regional State seat. The project involved installing and commissioning 56 LTE sites, carried out in collaboration with Huawei Technologies. Earlier, the state telecom monopoly with 49 million subscribers inaugurated network expansion projects in the Oromia and Amhara regional states. Over the first half of the current fiscal year, Ethio telecom's revenues rose by 12.3pc to 25.6 billion Br, and the company generated 80.2 million dollars in foreign currency.