In the past few months, mobile subscribers have been receiving international calls from the US, Dubai and Saudi Arabia with Ethiopian mobile numbers.
Abdurahim Ahmed, corporate communication head with Ethio Telecom, told The Reporter that Ethio Telecom is aware of the scandal, adding that it was painstakingly investigating the case. “The servers could be located in neighboring countries,”Abdurahim said.
In 2003 a group of individuals who were involved in a similar illegal telecom were apprehended by the Ethiopian federal police. Those individuals used illegally imported VSATS to receive and relay incoming international calls to customers in Ethiopia.
The Ethiopian law allows only the formerly known as the Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation and renamed as Ethio Telecom to provide telecom services. Private companies are permitted to provide resell services. Basic telecom services are reserved only for Ethio Telecom. The provision of basic telecom services by any individuals or companies is a punishable act.