The Ethiopian Communication Authority (ECA) has disclosed that it will award licenses for two telecom operators until March, 2021.

Speaking at a meeting held today, Engineer Balcha Reba, ECA’s director-general, said bidding documents review for the two licences are nearing completion.

The bidding process will start next month and remain open for up to 40-50 days. Special attentions were given for communication service improvement and national security, he said.

Awarding licences for new operators would have a significant benefit to provide efficient services for Ethiopians and ICT companies, it was indicated.

As part of the telecom sector reform activities, the Ethiopian government decided to sell 40% of its stake in Ethio-telecom to foreign companies.

A 5% stake will be sold to the Ethiopian citizens ABN reported quoting FBC.