Ethiopia’s Two Telecom licenses Attract 12 Interested Firms

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s communications regulator said on Friday at least twelve international firms have expressed interest to make offers for two telecom licenses to be awarded to multinational mobile companies, breaking the state monopoly.

The Ministry of Finance together with the state-run regulator, Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA), launched Expression of Interest process for the issuance of two new full-service telecommunication licenses on May 21.

The announcement gave prospective bidders one month to express their interest by submitting the requested information.

“On the closing date of June 22nd, 2020, the ECA received 12 submissions, of which 9 are telecom operators and two are non-telecom operators and one incomplete submission,” the regulator revealed.

The ECA confirmed it has received would like to acknowledge receipt of complete information and expression of interest from the Global Partnership for Ethiopia involving a consortium of telecom operators made of Vodafone, Vodacom, and Safaricom.

The others are Etisalat, Axian, MTN, Orange, Saudi Telecom Company, Telkom SA, Liquid Telecom, Snail Mobile, and the two non-telecom operators, Kandu Global Telecommunications and Electromecha International Projects.

The two invitees said, “they would like to thank all those potential bidders who have responded to the request and expressed their interest”.

ECA said, while preparing for the next stage, it will keep the participants informed and engaged as the process moves forward.

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