Ethiopia begins process for a third telecom licence 

January 3, 2023
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  • Ethiopia begins process for a third telecom licence 
  • Twitter to launch a new feature
  • Telegram’s new features

Ethiopia begins process for a third telecom licence


The Ethiopian Communication Authority (ECA) plans to issue an Expression of Interest for a third telecom provider in February 2023.

Per Balcha Reba, ECA’s Director General, “Preparations are being made to float an expression of interest to bring potential investors who can buy the third licence or the second new full-service licence.”

The authority will award the licence through a competitive procurement process during the first quarter of 2023. 

It will begin by posting an Expression of Interest at the beginning of February and leave it up for a month while it reviews responses from stakeholders in March.

The new entrant will also provide mobile financial services after meeting the requirements of the National Bank of Ethiopia.

Recall that in October 2018, the Ethiopian government said it would reform the telecommunications sector. 

Eventually, in June 2020, the government requested proposals for two additional telecom licences. While it selected one telco, it cancelled the other.

And in May 2021, the ECA awarded Ethiopia's first ever competitively-tendered Unified Telecommunications Operator Licence to the Global Partnership for Ethiopia ("License A"), Safaricom.

Safaricom Telecommunications Ethiopia is a joint venture between Sumitomo Corporation (Japan), Vodafone Group (UK), CDC Group (UK), and Vodacom Group (South Africa).

A year later, the ECA issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) on September 28, 2021, for a second licence.

However, in December 2021, it terminated the process when it announced that bidders had temporarily withdrawn their bids because it had received "concerns and requests from multiple prospective bidders to delay the process."

Twitter to launch a new feature

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Last week, Elon Musk announced that Twitter would soon allow you to swipe between views that include recommended and followed tweets, trends, topics, and other information. 

In December 2022, Musk hinted that the "main timeline should allow for an easy sideways swipe between top, latest, trending, and topics that you follow." 

Currently, by tapping the stars icon in the upper right corner of the screen, you can switch between a chronological timeline that displays the most recent tweets sequentially and a Home timeline that shows recommended tweets.  

However, this new feature goes a step further by adding additional views and making them more accessible via swiping. 

Sidebar: Remember that in December 2022, the microblogging platform relaunched Twitter Blue and rolled out Blue for Business.

Telegram’s new features

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Instant messaging platform, Telegram, has unveiled a slew of new features.

The company added a "spoiler effect" feature for users who don't want the recipient to see what they’re sending. You'll see a "shimmering layer" that hides the content until you tap.

It also introduced a new blur tool that allows you to block out specific areas of a photo or video, conceal sensitive information or hide the faces of onlookers in the background.

You can use the eyedropper tool to match the colour of the blur brush to your image to make the blurred portion of your photo blend in.

Telegram's latest update includes new storage options that allow you to automatically remove cached data in private chats, groups, and channels after a specific time.

Besides, if you want certain users to see your profile photos, you can set a public image for everyone else.

What I’m reading and watching


  • Misk Entrepreneurship has partnered with Plug and Play to launch the fourth cohort of Misk Accelerator 2023 where 20 startups will participate in the 12-week hybrid programme. Apply here.
  • Are you a corp member in Nigeria? Polaris Bank’s DigiCorper Programme 2023 is open. To learn data science, product management, product design, backend or frontend software development, or basic literacy skills, register here.
  •  The Eswatini Communications Commission (ESCCOM) has initiated a Girls in ICT’ Development Program, aimed at young ladies who are interested in pursuing an Information, Communications, and Technology (ICT) related profession. To apply, check this out.
  • The United Nations is seeking an Associate Programme Management Officer. Apply here.

Happy New Year.

Victoria Fakiya for Techpoint Africa.

She's autistic and interested in mental health and how technology can help Africans with mental disorders. Find her on Twitter @latoria_ria.
She's autistic and interested in mental health and how technology can help Africans with mental disorders. Find her on Twitter @latoria_ria.
She's autistic and interested in mental health and how technology can help Africans with mental disorders. Find her on Twitter @latoria_ria.

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