Interconnection service launched by Somali mobile companies
Tuesday March 28, 2023
MOGADISHU (Xinhua) — Somalia’s National Communications Authority (NCA) announced that six mobile phone operators have completed their interconnection service, representing an important milestone for the telecom industry.
The NCA, the regulator for the telecom industry, issued a statement on Sunday evening stating that the interconnection service will allow for seamless connectivity between the operators and provide millions of customers with more options and competitive pricing.
Mustafa Yasin Sheikh, the NCA General Manager, stated that “The successful interconnection among the six operators is a significant achievement for the telecom industry in Somalia. Therefore, this will promote competition, reduce prices, and provide more options for customers. We applaud the operators’ efforts in completing this important milestone and encourage them to continue collaborating to benefit the industry and consumers.”
The NCA stated that the interconnection will enable the exchange of voice traffic between the six operators, improving the service quality for customers and broadening the network coverage.
The agreement breaks a constraint that has obstructed the Somali citizens’ ability to communicate more efficiently and will also promote healthy competition among the operators, resulting in better pricing and service offerings for consumers, according to the NCA.
Yasin stated that previous interconnection agreements failed in 2000 and 2014 mainly due to the lack of regulatory framework. “We hope this time round it will be successful because we have the tools, such as a communications law that mandates interconnection, regulations, guidelines, and regulatory authority that has the oversight mandate,” he said.
Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre emphasized the government’s commitment to fostering innovation and competition in the telecom industry. “The successful interconnection among the six operators is a significant milestone in our efforts to enhance connectivity and promote competition in the telecom sector. We commend the operators for their hard work and dedication and encourage them to continue collaborating for the benefit of our citizens,” he said.
According to Jama Hassan Khalif, the Minister of Communications and Technology, the successful interconnection among the six operators is a vital step in promoting connectivity and innovation in the telecom industry. “We encourage the operators to continue working together to provide the best possible services for our citizens and contribute to the growth of the country’s economy,” he said.