The Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) has received twelve Expressions of Interest (EoIs) for two new full-service telecommunications licences, the regulator has confirmed. The prospective bidders included nine telcos and two non-telcos whilst the final submission, from an unnamed company, was deemed incomplete. The ECA named the bidding telcos as: Global Partnership for Ethiopia (a consortium comprising Vodafone, Vodacom and Safaricom); France’s Orange Group; South Africa-based MTN Group and Telkom SA; Madagascan multi-sector group Axian; Saudi Telecom Company (stc); the UAE’s Etisalat; Liquid Telecom and Chinese MVNO Snail Mobile. Meanwhile, Kandu Global Telecommunications and Electromecha International Projects were listed as the two non-telcos to have submitted complete EoIs.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the two licences on offer will be technology neutral, offer ‘a range of spectrum across multiple frequency bands’ and be valid for 15 years with the possibility of further renewal. The basic terms and conditions of the concessions on offer will feature requirements to meet or exceed specified population and geographic coverage targets, as well as an obligation to commit to ‘reasonable’ tariffs, universal accessibility and teledensity targets.