The Communications Authority of Ethiopia (ECA) said on Wednesday February 17 on its social media that it has yet to shortlist any company for the two mobile phone licenses put up for sale.
His reaction follows statements from Michael Joseph, CEO of mobile operator Safaricom, who, in an interview with businessdailyafrica.com , indicates that “ there are about five to six consortia qualified to bid. Offers must be submitted in April […] We are working on a final submission for March or April ”.
The ECA clarified that ” to date no proposals have been received for the 2 new telecommunications licenses and no potential bidders have been shortlisted, excluded or disqualified from participating in the tender process. “, And states that” the request for proposals process is underway . “
It is since November 27, 2020 that the regulator initiated its call for proposals which falls within the framework of the liberalization of the telecoms market initiated by the Ethiopian government. It is addressed to world-class telecommunications operators. The initial deadline, which was set for March 5, 2021, has been extended to April 5, 2021 at the request of the eleven players involved in this race.
Through this update, the telecoms regulator is keen to restore order in this phase of selecting the companies which will be called upon to formulate their technical and financial offers. It thus wants to preserve the transparency of the process, essential to the credibility and the success of the entire liberalization operation.