Ethiopia Gears Up To Create New Telecoms Regulator

According to a report by the Addis Standard, Ethiopia’s Council of Ministers has issued a new order calling for the inception of an independent federal government body to manage the regulation of the communications sector.

Having agreed unanimously to the move this week, the proclamation will now have to go through to the House of People’s Representatives to receive their go-ahead, while a draft copy of the document that has been posted by the local news sources shows that it proposes to establish the ‘Ethiopian Communications Regulatory Authority’ (‘ECRA’) as ‘an independent federal government authority designed specifically for the regulation of communications having its own legal personality’.

Among the powers and duties that will be assigned to the new body are: the modification, issuing and renewal of licences; the regulation of interconnection between the various providers; the supervision of radio spectrum and also the authorisation of frequencies that would be used for commercial purposes; the regulation of different tariffs; and the regulation of the many types of telecoms equipment that can be used.

Also, the Ethiopian Communications Regulatory Authority will be tasked with advising the government on all communications policy and legislative measures.

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