Since 2017, the Somali government has started to develop an adequate legal framework for the telecom sector after 26 years of legal vacuum. This framework notably provides for the acquisition of a license by any company wishing to provide ICT and telecom services in the country.
Somalia’s National Communications Authority (NCA) has issued Hormuud Telecom with the country’s first telecom spectrum license. The company has obtained the right to use the following frequency bands 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1.8 GHz, 2.1 GHz, 2.3 GHz, 2.6 GHz, and 3.5 GHz for a amount not disclosed.
“ We are pleased to award Hormuud Telecom the first spectrum license. Today marks an important milestone for the sector and for our country in general. We are confident that together, with private organizations such as Hormuud, we can advance our country’s digitization agenda ,” said Jama Hassan Khalif, Somalia’s Minister of Communications and Technology.
Last February, the NCA invited Somali telecom operators to apply for spectrum licenses under the unified licensing framework established in 2019 and effective in 2020. This initiative is part of a vast program of deep restructuring of the national telecoms market initiated since 2017 by the government.
The regulator preferred to issue telecom spectrum licenses on demand rather than auction them, as service providers are already using different frequency bands to provide their services in the country.
Hormuud Telecom now has new resources which should notably enable it to improve the coverage of its network and introduce new technologies such as 5G on the Somali telecom market. “ As Somalia’s largest telecommunications provider, we are aware of the immense responsibility we have in the lives of many people ,” said Ahmed Mohamud Yuusuf, Chairman and CEO of Hormuud Telecom.