What to Expect in Eritrea

State-owned EriTel is the sole provider of telecom services. The service it provides is bad, and tightly controlled by the government. Sim cards are like gold dust in Eritrea. Citizens need to apply to the local government administration to get one. Set up in 1939 by Italian engineer Luigi Melottia, Asmara Brewer is the only brewery in the country. State-owned Eri-Tv is the only television station based in Eritrea. It is the government’s mouthpiece, but if you have a satellite dish you can watch international channels. The government has imposed restrictions on the amount of money depositors can withdraw from their bank accounts. Even if they have millions of nakfa, the Eritrean currency, in their account, they can only withdraw and equivalent of $330 a month.


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