The Ethiopian Communication Authority (ECA) plans to grant two licenses for international telecom firms by end of this year

In accordance with the national telecom liberalization reform program the authority is to float an international tender that would enable it to select two international telecom firms which will operate in Ethiopia by September.

The authority invited international telecom firms to submit expression of interest which are interested in operating in Ethiopia. Accordingly, 12 telecom companies presented their expression of interest.

Three major telecom operators – Vodafone, Vodacom and Safaricom – created a consortium dubbed Global Partnership for Ethiopia that would bid to win a license in Ethiopia is among the list of companies that submitted expression of interest.

ECA is reportedly preparing the bid document which will be finalized within a week.

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank investment arm, is consulting ECA on the liberalization process. The story is from the Ethiopian reporter.

17th Aug 2020

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