Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (22 May 2023)

Ethiopia is making steady progress in its telecommunications sector as it prepares to issue an international tender in June for the licensing of a third telecom operator. The Ethiopian Communication Authority (ECA) has confirmed that the final preparations are underway to award the license to a deserving candidate.

Ethiopia’s telecommunications industry was a monopoly of the state-owned Ethio Telecom until October 2022. This move is part of the government’s ongoing homegrown economic reform, which aims to introduce competent international operators to the telecom market.

As a significant step forward, Ethiopia granted the Unified Telecommunications Operator License to Safaricom Telecommunications Ethiopia, a private consortium, last year. This development brought some healthy competition to the telecom market and laid the groundwork for the introduction of a third operator.

Promotional activities have been conducted to showcase Ethiopia’s investment potential, leading to a growing desire among investors to be part of the country’s progress. The international tender for the third telecom license is scheduled to take place in June 2023. The license will be awarded through a competitive and transparent tender process, similar to the previous licensing process for Safaricom Ethiopia.

The addition of a third telecom operator holds the potential to expedite ongoing digitalization efforts and strengthen telecom services in Ethiopia. However, it is essential to approach this development with caution, considering the complexities involved.

Source: ENA


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Hanna is an aspiring economist in her final year at Addis Ababa University. She has written hundreds of insightful daily stories, analyses, and features about the Ethiopian economy and beyond.

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