The Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) has decided to halt plans to award the second new communications licence before the 2021 Christmas break in many countries.
The ECA stated in the Public Notice on the Suspension of the RFP Process that it had published on December 22, it had issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the second new full service nationwide telecommunications service license on September 28, 2021, and that the bidding process was ongoing.
According to the ECA, the second license was due to be issued in January 2022, with proposals to be delivered by December 20, 2021.
The response was not what was expected. According to the ECA, it has received “concerns and requests from several prospective bidders to delay the process and issue the RFP at a later date.” The Authority stated that it concurred with this feedback.
The nature of these concerns has not been made clear. However, given the ongoing armed conflict in November, there were concerns about whether the new license could be awarded on time. Nevertheless, the other license winner, Safaricom, was moving ahead with its launch plans as of December 20.
The Ethiopian Communications Authority has announced that the RFP process for the new second license has been suspended and will be relaunched soon. The above mentioned will be the third attempt to sell the new second license, after the first attempt in May 2021 yielded no satisfactory bid.