Cummins Power, Huawei provide boost for Ethiopia’s infrastructure

Powering a multi-million dollar network that serves diverse areas, from urban sites to remote locales, generator sets supplied to Ethio Telecom by Cummins Power Generation through Huawei of China have now surpassed 850.

According to Eric Flechet, Cummins Power Generation’s director of vertical segments, Cummins’ involvement stemmed from its strong affiliation with Huawei, the world’s largest telecom equipment manufacturer. The project is the first of this magnitude undertaken by the two businesses in Africa.

Diesel generators have seen a high demand in Ethiopia due to an unstable national grid, Cummins Africa’s Low kVA segment leader Nakul Virat said. Towers, which must be kept operating in difficult terrain conditions, require highly reliable equipment.

“The power grid in Ethiopia is prone to severe fluctuations and power availability is poor,” Virat said. “As a result, we are also currently involved in a number of projects in the health care and the banking sectors.”

With the Ethiopian government’s ongoing investment in infrastructure upgrades, Flechet sees further potential for growth in the country.

“We have improved our on-ground capability by using local distributor channels in the region… we have improved our customer experience and become more aggressive in growing our market share,” Flechet said. “It is still early days, but the long-term outlook is positive.”

As sub-Saharan Africa’s fifth-biggest economy, Ethiopia has the continent’s second-largest population and is Africa’s largest landlocked country. Among Africa’s emerging economies, Ethiopia has evolved into a focal point for foreign financiers seeking investment opportunities, with visiting delegations becoming a regular event.

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