ECA suspends process to issue second Ethiopian licence

5 Jan 2022

The Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) has suspended the licensing process relating to the issuance of a second full-service nationwide Telecommunications Service Licence. The process was initiated on 28 September, while the regulator announced its decision to halt proceedings on 22 December 2021. The ECA notes that it had ‘received concerns and requests from several prospective bidders to delay the process and issue the RFP at a convenient time in the future’ and promises that the licensing process will be relaunched in the ‘near future’. The watchdog added: ‘The Authority is grateful to all potential bidders for their engagement and consultations on the process.’

TeleGeography notes that the ECA and the Ministry of Finance named Global Partnership for Ethiopia (GPE) – a private consortium comprising Safaricom, Vodafone Group, Vodacom Group, CDC Group and Sumitomo Corporation – as the winning bidder for one of two nationwide concessions in May 2021. The second licence went unsold, but was subsequently retendered by the authorities.