Safaricom says it is negotiating an infrastructure sharing deal with Ethiopia’s telecommunications services provider Ethio Telecom and regulator the Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) as it prepares to enter the market in April 2022, intending to invest US$8 billion in infrastructure and services over the next ten years.
Safaricom Telecommunications Ethiopia, a consortium, is preparing to enter the Ethiopian market as the official second telecommunications operator.
Anwar Soussa, the company’s CEO, said they are working with Ethio Telecom and the ECA to finalise the sharing agreement’s specifics.
“Ethio Telecom and ourselves commit to the digital transformation agenda,” Soussa remarked. We are currently collaborating to form a win-win alliance. We are negotiating national roaming and infrastructure sharing per the ECA’s telecom declaration and regulatory framework.”
The parties are said to still need to agree on many crucial issues, including tariffs, tower load-bearing capacity, actual site area, antenna tilt and height, the influence of shared infrastructure on service quality, and the varied standards used by the equipment provider.
Safaricom also stated that it would construct its own infrastructure, including 700 towers.
Last month, the business announced that it had invested $100 million in a prefabricated data centre in Ethiopia. Huawei Technologies and Nokia built the facility in China and delivered it to the East African country for Safaricom’s use. In addition, there are plans in place to construct two more data centres.
Safaricom obtained a license in May 2021 as part of Ethiopia’s continuous drive to liberalise its telecommunications industry.