Addis Business Talk with Brook Taye, (PhD)

Ethiopia is considered to be one of the last countries to liberalize its telecom sector. After the Ethiopian government announced it will open the telecom sector for the private sector in 2018, the government kept its promise by enacting a Communication Service Proclamation on August 2019. The Proclamation established a new regulatory body called, Ethiopian Communications Authority [ECA]. Under the proclamation, ECA has a full mandate to open the sector for private players, oversee and regulate the telecommunication sector in Ethiopia.

So far, ECA issued 17 directives for public consultation to build the required regulatory framework to invite two new telecom operators to Ethiopian market. On May 2019, an expression of interest was issued to all interested parties to acquire these two new licenses. 12 companies responded, 11 of whom were telecom operators including MTN Group, Orange, Saudi Telecom Company, Etisalat, and a consortium comprising affiliates of Safaricom, and Vodafone Group. Telkom SA, Madagascar-based Axian Group, international wholesale provider Liquid Telecom and Snail Mobile, which runs in China were also others who showed interest. Last month, on November 27, ECA released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for interested telecom operators to bid the two new licenses. To get the RFP document, interested bidders must sign a non-disclosure agreement and pay $15,000 to the authority.

To gain more insight on the Request for Proposal (RFP) and more, listen to our interview with Brook Taye (Ph.D.), Senior Advisor at the Ministry of Finance, on Addis Business Talk. Brook Taye (Ph.D.) before joining the Ministry of Finance he used to work as a lawyer and investment fund manager in different countries in West Africa and the United States.


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