ECA rejects claim that bidders for new licences have been shortlisted

18 Feb 2021

The Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA), which earlier this month confirmed it was extending the bidding deadline for the country’s two new nationwide telecoms licences, has now moved to reject suggestions that bidders have already been shortlisted.

The development comes following comments made by Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph to Business Daily Africa, with the executive having claimed his firm was one of six to have been cleared to bid for a concession. In response though, the ECA has issued a brief statement on its social media feed, in which it noted: ‘We wish to clarify that to date no proposals have been received for the two new telecom licenses, and no prospective bidder has been shortlisted, prequalified nor excluded from participating in the bid process. The RFP [request for proposals] process is ongoing.’

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, earlier this month the ECA announced it was pushing back the deadline for parties interested in the new concessions, confirming an updated deadline of 5 April 2021; it said at the time that the postponement was being made following requests it had received from would-be bidders during the question and answer period of the RFP process for the concessions.