Somalia introduces licensing framework for ICT sector

19 Feb 2020

Somalia’s telecoms regulator, the National Communications Authority (NCA), has introduced its new Unified Licensing Framework (ULF) following a consultation with industry stakeholders launched in October last year. The new framework allows for the provision of multiple services through the introduction of service and technology-neutral licences to promote innovation and competition. Three types of permits exist under the new ULF, namely: Communications Infrastructure Provider (CIP) Licence, which is required for the operation and provision of network infrastructure; Application and Services Provider (ASP) Licence, issued to service providers which utilise the infrastructure of a CIP; and Communications Infrastructure and Services Provider (CISP) Licence, a combined permit which allows holders to operate and provide infrastructure, services and applications.

Current service providers have until 1 April 2020 to apply for the relevant licences, otherwise they will be treated as new entrants.