Ethiopia

IDIA welcomes the opportunity to support the new Ethiopian regulator (ECA) in the development of a regulatory framework for communications in the country. In October 2018, the Government of Ethiopia announced its decision to proceed with the reform of its telecommunications sector. At the heart of the reform agenda is the drive to attract local and international investment to the sector.

About the project

In October 2018, the Government of Ethiopia announced its decision to proceed with the reform of its telecommunications sector. At the heart of the reform agenda is the drive to attract local and international investment to the sector.

An important outcome for these reforms is increased competition in the communications market. The overriding objective is to ramp up service provision, improve digital access for businesses, communities and individuals and to drive economic growth.

To achieve its objective, the Government of Ethiopia has launched a stakeholder consultation and is seeking contributions in response to the proposed regulatory framework and market opening process. Key areas of focus include:

  • Full-service licenses
  • Spectrum licenses
  • Coverage obligations
  • Spectrum band allocation

IDIA is highly supportive of the Ethiopian Government’s decision to open up it communications market and to use the opportunity to improve service provision and access to drive socio-economic advantages. We also welcome the opportunity to provide examples of regulatory best practise from around the world to help inform a robust and progressive regulatory framework.

Updates

  • November 2019
    Public consultation meeting

    The Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) has invited all stakeholders, potential investors and other interested parties to a meeting at the Sheraton Addis Hotel in Addis Ababa to conduct an in-person consultation to address issues related to the telecommunications reform process.

    IDIA members and representatives will take this opportunity to offer comments to the ECA on the planned market opening and regulatory framework. Inputs will feed into the formal request for bids from potential operators, ahead of the competitive selection process. This is expected to conclude in March 2020 with the award of two new full service telecom licenses.