THE SUBMISSION OF EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR TWO TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE LICENSES IN THE FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA
The Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has laid out, in Communications Service Proclamation No. 1148/2019, the framework for the liberalization and development of the Ethiopian telecommunications sector by facilitating the introduction of competition among local and international telecommunications operators.
The primary goals of the Government are to ensure reliable and accessible communications for all Ethiopians, leading to improvements in quality of life and in connectivity to support rapid economic transformation and growth, and to maximize the opportunity presented by the digital economy. Ethiopia is targeting highly capable and qualified telecommunications operators to become new license holders in this rapidly growing economy.
In support of this policy framework and objectives, the Ethiopia Communications Authority (ECA), as the regulator of the communications sector, intends to award two nationwide telecommunications service licenses.
Basic terms and conditions as currently contemplated will be as follows: The telecommunications service licenses will be technology neutral; There will be a range of spectrum available across multiple frequency bands; The initial license term will be 15 or more years with the possibility of renewal; There will be a requirement to meet or exceed specified population and geographic coverage targets; There will also be a requirement to commit to reasonable tariffs, universal accessibility and tele-density targets; Both new and existing licensees will be expected to enter into infrastructure and facilities sharing arrangements in order to achieve rapid and cost efficient network deployment; The licenses will be awarded via a competitive evaluation process.
Therefore, in advance of the formal award process, the ECA invites telecommunications companies with proven experience with large-scale network deployment, operation and service provisioning to register their interest to participate in the award process for the acquisition of the two new telecommunications service licenses in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
Expressions of Interest made in accordance with the guidelines presented herein must be submitted to the Ethiopian Communications Authority and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Ministry of Finance ( FDRE MoF) no later than 12:00 p.m. East Africa Time (GMT+3), on June 22, 2020, electronically by e-mail to the following two addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org and TelecomEOI@mofed.gov.et, and a single printed copy via postal or courier service addressed to Ethiopian Communications Authority P.O. Box 9991, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia..