Authority Denies Shortlisting Firms in Telecom Licenses Bid

ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopian Telecommunication Authority (ECA) has rejected reports of shortlisting six telecom companies in its bid to issue two new licenses for international firms to operate in Ethiopia.

The regulator of the sector forced to issue a clarification on the bid process on Wednesday after one of the competing companies, Safaricom, claimed it has made it to a shortlist of six firms that have been cleared to bid for licenses scheduled to be offered this year.

Director-General of the Authority Balcha Reba noted that the latest step in the liberalization process was the launch of the Request for Proposals (RFP) on 27 November 2020.

Through the RFP, the ECA said it has invited all interested parties to submit proposals to take part in Ethiopia’s telecoms market.

“This RFP process is still ongoing, and the proposal submission deadline is April 5, 2021,” Balcha said.

“We wish to clarify that to date no bidder has been shortlisted, and no bidder has been excluded or disqualified from responding to the RFP,” the Director-general said in a statement issued late Wednesday.

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