Ethiopia: Telco Regulator Announces Two New Operators To Enter Market - Reports
The Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) has confirmed that two new telecommunications services providers will enter its bourgeoning telco sector, with these new "international" telcos joining the local market by April 2021.
Details of who these new entrants are would be released "officially" before the end of November 2020, according to a statement attributed to the ECA's director-general, Balcha Reba. All we could let on at this stage is that the two winning bidders are not just internationally reputed, they also have scored highly on the financials, technology as well the security.
It is to be recalled that twelve entities, including a consortium called Global Partnership for Ethiopia that consist of Safaricom, Vodacom and Vodafone, as well as the likes of MTN, Etisalat, Saudi Telecom and Liquid Telecom had all thrown their hats in the ring to bid for operating licences.
According to reporting from ITWeb Africa, the Ethiopian authorities expects that the winning companies would start their operations with the initial use of the Ethio Telecoms infrastructure. The officials also believe that the new entrants should help improve the network's service quality and enhance national digital infrastructure.
Credit: contribution from IT Web Africa