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Ethiopia has a population of 87 million people and geographically covers 1.1 million square Kilometres (of which 104,000 sq. Km is covered by water).
83% of the population live in rural areas. As of 2013, approximately 25% of the population and 10% of the land area are covered by the one (Ethio Telecom) licensed mobile network operators, and by 2015 this is projected to increase to 50% population and 20% land area coverage. This means that by 2015 there will still be nearly 900,000 sq. Km of land area and more than 40 million citizens of Ethiopia outside the reach of essential telecommunications services. According to studies by The World Bank, 7.5% of the population can’t be served economically by mobile network service, but this figure is reduced significantly due to AMN’s innovative low-cost solution which allows very small populations to be viable at the same times as maximizing the coverage area of a single cell and the population served.

AMN is investing $100 million to build 800 mobile network base stations in Ethiopia. Each of these will be connected to one of the licensed operators. The AMN network will serve a total population of 12 million people (14% of the population), with an average of 15,000 people served by each base station and generating an estimated 5.8 million new mobile subscribers worth circa $130 million per year in gross airtime revenues.