Two bids for two telecom operating licenses have been received by Ethiopia.

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ADDIS ABABA – The Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) reported on Monday that MTN Group Ltd and the Global Partnership for Ethiopia, a consortium of Vodafone, Vodacom, Safaricom, and Japanese Sumitomo, had submitted bids for full telecom licenses.

The businesses sent their bids to the ECA, which issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) on November 27, 2020.

“We are pleased to have received interest from existing telecoms operators from around the world, commensurate with this unparalleled opportunity,” said Eng Balcha Reba, Director of the ECA. “This includes interest from Africa’s two telecommunications ‘giants,’ MTN — the continent’s largest mobile operator, and the Vodafone/Vodacom consortium, which includes Kenya’s largest telecoms provider, Safaricom.”

“We thank all participants for their diligence and dedication in meeting the RFP’s strict criteria and for their participation in this process,” he said.

The director of the ECA stated that the authority would look for the best all-around partners among the bids received. He went on to say, “We are optimistic that competitive bidding will ensure Ethiopia gets the best offer.”

Their plans will now be evaluated by a National Evaluation Committee, which will include representatives from the Ministry of Finance, the ECA, and other government offices. They are expected to be finalized by mid-May.