Kenya-based Safaricom has lodged an expression of interest (EoI) for one of the of the two telecommunications licences that are being made available in Ethiopia. According to The Standard, Safaricom’s CEO Peter Ndegwa was cited as saying of the matter: ‘Safaricom, together with other partners, has expressed interest and we will give an update at some point on the progress.’
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, last month a request for EoI for two new licences was launched by the local telecoms regulator, the Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA), which confirmed plans to award two nationwide licences via a competitive bidding process – in accordance with the Communications Service Proclamation No. 1148/2019. Interested parties have been given until 22 June 2020 to submit an EoI.