Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Not liberal enough: World Bank critical of Ethiopia’s liberalisation plans

by Harry Baldock, Total Telecom
Monday 22 February 21

The World Bank warned that restricting the operation of digital banking services and tower infrastructure to Ethiopian firms would mean less competition for Ethio Telecom and less rapid development in the market

The liberalisation of Ethiopia’s telecoms sector later this year is highly anticipated by many players all over the world, with the cessation of one of the world’s last telecoms monopolies in the form of Ethio Telecom offering a wealth of opportunities in an enormous market. Two new licences are up for grabs for foreign bidders, which has attracted the interest of numerous major firms from across the African continent and beyond. Alongside a consortiumconsisting Kenya’s Safaricom, Vodafone and Vodacom, named Global Partnership for Ethiopia…

The liberalisation of Ethiopia’s telecoms sector later this year is highly anticipated by many players all over the world, with the cessation of one of the world’s last telecoms monopolies in the form of Ethio Telecom offering a wealth of opportunities in an enormous market. Two new licences are up for grabs for foreign bidders, which has attracted the interest of numerous major firms from across the African continent and beyond. Alongside a consortiumconsisting Kenya’s Safaricom, Vodafone and Vodacom, named Global Partnership for Ethiopia…

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