The construction of the railway contract has been awarded to a Chinese company called China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Company Limited (GREEC). The railway project is expected to be fully complete by January 2015. Ethiopia has also just announced that it will be awarding Huawei, a global ICT solutions provider has secured a contract of being the sole provider of light rail communication system for the railway constructions being undertaken in Addis Ababa.
Thus, making it the premier comprehensive commercial eLTE communications infrastructure for urban railway system in Ethiopia. The first phase roll-out of the project will be a 31 kilometre (19.26 miles) of East-West and South-North railway lines that incorporate 39 stations and a control center. It is said that once fully complete, the whole railway will carry about 60,000 passengers per hour.
Huawei first assessed the project and designed a Mass Transit eLTE Multi-Service Unified Bearer (eLTE-MT) communications solutions that will facilitate communications along the railway.
The government of Ethiopia has invested about $475 million in this urban mass transit communication solutions, once complete it will include multiple technologies like eLTE wireless network, fixed network, IP Telephony, video surveillance and IT. The subsystem will facilitate the dispatching, multi-service bearing, unified communications, surveillance and data storage.