(by Andegna Tube) Ethio telecom, the sole telecom service provider in Ethiopia, refuted the recent VoIP charge news claiming that its Chief Executive Officer has been misquoted. Despite the report that the telecom is implementing new technology that would charge Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) users for services such as Viber and Whatsapp, which are applications free of charge.
A statement posted on the company’s social media page today reads “some Medias released that ‘Ethio Telecom to charge for VOIP (apps like Viber and whatsapp)’ however the CEO Mr. Andualem has been misquoted and correction will be done by the journalist soon.”
Initially, the CEO, Andualem Admassie, was quoted for having said that, the company is in the process of implementing a new technology called Policy Charge and Control system (PCC) to control VoIP services that its customers use via the telecom operator’s network.
According to the media report that the company will not ban the services, however, will implement the technology to control the use of these services through its network allowing the telecom company charge for the VoIP services.
Although the use of VoIP applications is not technically free as it would still require the use of an internet connection provided by the telecom monopoly, Ethio telecom has stated that it has been losing revenue due to the applications, said the report. Services provided by applications such as Viber, WeChat and Whatsapp are popular amongst people as they are a cheaper alternative to connecting with friends and families as compared to a direct call.
Meanwhile, the refuted report has also cited the telecom’s step to implement another technology called Equipment Identity Register (EIR) to curb the inflow of untaxed mobile phone apparatus entering the country illegally.
This technology will have the capacity to not only shut down the sim-card but also stop the apparatus from working, it will be out of the network system completely. This system is also good because if a person’s phone is stolen, the owner can shut the system down so that the stolen phone cannot be used, according to the CEO. The implementation of the technology expected to be in effect as soon as within weeks will mean that phones that came into the country without being taxed, may not be able to function.
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