Addis Fortune (Addis Ababa)

Ethiopia: Implanted Phone

As if to show the neglect of the telecom monopoly, the public phone booth around Piazza, near the Greek Church, is seen covered with a plant, growing out from the nearby compound.

The national telecom monopoly, ethio telecom, seems to focus more on the technology of the day. Its evolution goes like an old man who hates his past. Unlike its peers in developed nations, it does not attend to public phones. What it seems to have forgotten is the fact that a large portion of the population, even in the capital Addis Abeba, do not have mobile phones.

Hence, their live depends on the low cost alternatives, such as public phones. Yet, people still use the booth to dial to their counterparts, albeit struggling with the ever-growing plant.

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