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03 Apr
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Communications and Broadcast Spectrum Licenses

April 2, 2020 – Pursuant to the announcement on 17 February 2020 of the final decision on the adoption of the Unified Licensing Framework in the Federal Republic of Somalia and the directive from the National Communication Authority (NCA) to the regulated companies to apply for communications and broadcast spectrum licenses by 1st April 2020, the following companies have complied with the requirements of the National Communication Law and the decision of the NCA and have submitted their applications within the deadline:


Mobile Network Operator/ISP

  1. AmTel
  2. SomLink
  3. Sahal Telecom
  4. Dalkom Somalia
  5. Somali Optical Networks
  6. SomCast


Broadcasting Companies

  1. Asal 24
  2. Astaan TV
  3. Rajo Cable TV

All companies that provide communications and broadcast services within the borders of the Federal Republic of Somalia must comply with National Laws and Regulations and must not operate or provide services without duly issued licenses from NCA.

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17 Feb
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FIRST ICT LICENSING REGIME INTRODUCED IN SOMALIA

(Mogadishu – February 17, 2020) National Communications Authority (NCA) of Somalia has today announced the introduction of a unified licensing framework (ULF) in Somalia after consultation with the stakeholders.

The new licensing framework, guided by the National Communications Law of 2017, offers a more flexible, simplified and technology and service neutral form of licensing. Consequently, operators and service providers will be licensed under a market structure consisting of the following broad market segments namely Communications Infrastructure Provider (CIP), Application Service Provider (ASP) and Communications Infrastructure and Services Provider (CISP).

As Somalia’s first regulatory framework for the ICT sector, ULF is aimed at encouraging the growth of new services and applications; simplifying of licensing procedures to ease market entry and operations; and providing regulatory flexibility to address market and technological developments; and efficiently utilizing network resources, so that individual networks may be used to provide a broad range of ICT services.

Abdi Sheik Ahmed, NCA General Manager, noted that the regulator’s priority was to come up with a regime that not only takes local context into account but also is future-ready. “Current ICT service providers have until April 1st, 2020 to apply for the relevant licenses, otherwise they will be treated as new entrants,” said Mr. Ahmed.

Abdirahman Yusuf, Director General of Ministry of Information, welcomed NCA’s initiative in regulating the country’s information and communication sector. He said his ministry would first license broadcasting companies and then refer them to NCA for spectrum assignment, subject to availability.

In his closing remarks, State Minister for Post, Telecom and Technology, Hon. Abdullahi Bile Noor, lauded NCA for introducing a comprehensive licensing framework despite its short history.

The launching ceremony was attended by representatives from telecommunications companies, ISPs, banks, domain registrars, associations of media owners and professionals, and representatives from relevant government ministries.

For further information about the ULF, please visit:
https://nca.gov.so/en/licenses/

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19 Oct
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Somalia launches Unified Licensing Framework for ICT

(Mogadishu – October 19, 2019) The National Communications Authority (NCA) has today officially launched a consultation process for Somalia’s first licensing regime for the Information Communications and Technologies (ICT) sector in a meeting attended by local stakeholders including telecom operators, ISPs, domain registrars, broadcasters, and relevant government institutions.

The draft Unified Licensing Framework (ULF) would allow the provision of multiple services through the introduction of service and technology-neutral licenses that would promote innovation and consumer choice. In addition to categorization, the regime also comes with terms and conditions that the relevant licensees are required to comply with.

In his opening remarks, NCA’s General Manager, Abdi Sheik Ahmed, said ULF is a product of year-long discussions and benchmarking with several countries in Africa and Asia. He said “We wanted to start from where the global trend is now. Therefore, our ULF does not only take local context into consideration, but also has a forward-looking vision to encourage our companies to compete globally.”

The participants applauded the salient features of the new regime and may bring an end to uncertainties in one of the most developed sectors of our economy as lack of formal licensing system created chaos in the sector and hindered further investment into the sector.

Somalia did not have an official licensing regime since the state-run telecom operator ceased its operations in 1991. The draft Licensing Framework is the latest of interventions to regulate the sector as part of its economic reform agenda of the Economic Development Pillar of the current government. Other regulations developed include numbering and interconnection, which will soon be implemented.

As NCA’s transparent consultation process, the draft ULF and its accompanying documents are posted on NCA website and stakeholders have until December 5th to comment on them. For further information, please visit this link:

https://nca.gov.so/en/license/

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Communications Office
National Communications Authority

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30 Jul
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General Manager of NCA Interviewed ITU in GRS19

ITU has developed (ICT Regulatory Tracker) as a way of assessing the level of countries’ achievements in Communication and Technology during the GSR19 International Conference, and divided them into 4 stages, for more information please visit: https://www.itu.int/net4/itu-d/irt/#/generations-of-regulation
Somalia is moving from Stage 2 to Stage 3 that is to encourage more investment, innovation and access to all people.
After the meeting, the NCA’s General Manager interviewed ITU in GSR19, and explained the structure of the NCA and its activities.

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19 Mar
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Somalia hosts first ITU National Training Workshop since 1991

(Mogadishu, March 19, 2019) Ministry of Post, Telecom and Technology (MPTT) hosted a training workshop on ITU’s Spectrum Management System For Developing Countries (SMS4DC), co-organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) between March 14th to 18th.

Ahmed Boraud, a trainer from ITU, said the objective of the workshop is to build knowledge and skills of participants who can effectively use ITU’s SMS4DC tool for efficient spectrum Management, adding the training is essentially targeted towards the Spectrum Managers and the users of SMS4DC tool.

Abdulaziz Isaq, Director General of MPTT, said this is a historic moment for Somalia’s ICT sector as the National Telecom Institute hosted the first ITU-organized workshop since 1991 when the civil war broke out, highlighting the program will pave the way for more training programs by the ITU in Somalia.

Abdi Sheikh Ahmed, General Manager for National Communications Authority (NCA), stated the training comes at a right time when the country recently established a regulatory body, which is currently undertaking reforms in the sector including spectrum.

Mr. Ahmed noted the training is planned accordingly with emphasis on practical exercises and urged the participants to make use of the knowledge and skills they acquired and keep in touch with the expert on any specific issue being faced while using the software.

“I would like to thank the ITU, particularly the Arab Regional Office, for making this program a reality. We hope ITU will provide us further training programs as we build our human capacity in regulating the sector,” concluded Mr. Ahmed.

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Communications Office
National Communications Authority

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27 Feb
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The National Telecommunication Manager is attending

The National Telecommunication Manager is attending the World Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The conference is intended to encourage business, telecom and telecommunication companies, and all stakeholders to exchange information on new technologies and technologies in the world.

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25 Feb
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General Manager of national communication

General Manager of national communication authority Mr. Abdi Ahmed, attended at the High-Level Policy Sessions of #WSIS Forum 2019.

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum is a global United Nations (UN) multistakeholder platform facilitating the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines for advancing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD, in close collaboration with all WSIS Action Line co-/facilitators and other UN organizations (UNDESA, FAO, UNEP, WHO, UN Women, WIPO, WFP, ILO, WMO, ITC, UPU, UNODC, UNITAR, UNICEF and UN Regional Commissions). It represents the world’s largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community. It provides an opportunity for information exchange, knowledge creation and sharing of best practices, while identifying emerging trends and fostering partnerships, taking into account the evolving Information and Knowledge Societies. In follow up to the outcomes of the UN General Assembly Overall Review of the Implementation of WSIS Outcomes (Res. A/70/125) and with the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Res. A/70/1), the WSIS Forum is constantly evolving and strengthening the alignment between the WSIS Action Lines and the Sustainable Development Goals.

In 2019, WSIS will celebrate its 10th anniversary of the establishment of WSIS Forum from April 8 to 12, under the theme “Information and Communication Technologies for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”. WSIS Forum thereby continues to provide a platform for a “just and equal information society” for all WSIS Stakeholders as set by the Geneva Plan of Action.

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04 Dec
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Somalia kicks off consultation process for ICT regulations

Somalia kicks off consultation process for ICT regulations

(Mogadishu, December 1, 2018) Somalia’s National Communications Authority (NCA) has officially kick-started its formal consultation process for regulations and other documents aimed at regulating the ICT sector.

In his opening remarks, Abdi Sheikh Ahmed, General Manager of NCA, said the consultation is a process the regulator will formally go through every time it wants to introduce regulations and seek public commentbefore they are adopted. Introducing the regulations, Mr. Ahmed said NCA started with the priority regulations and documents, namely Rules of Procedures to interact with NCA, Numbering Regulation, Interconnection Regulation and Public Notice, Spectrum and Service Provider (Telecom Company), Somalia Frequency Allocation Table, and Type Approval guidelines. “We understand regulator is a new concept in Somalia, so does introducing regulations developed by a regulator. Therefore we are not only inviting comments from operators, but also want the general public to actively participate in our consultation process,” Mr. Ahmed added.

The State Attorney General, H. E. Osman Ghuled, and Chair of National Assembly Committee on ICT, Hon. Khalid Abdulkadir, both applauded the regulator for taking a bold step in developing regulations aimed at implementing the Act.

Minister of Information, H. E. Dahir Ghelle and State Minister of Finance, H. E. Mohamoud Ibrahim, also acknowledged the huge work that has been accomplished in a short span of time and assured their ministries will closely work with NCA in the areas of mutual interest for all institutions.

In his closing remarks, H. E. Abdi Ashur Hassan, minister for Post, Telecom and Technology, thanked the leadership, board of directors and staff of NCA for successfully establishing an institution that is now ready to take its due role in regulating the sector.

The Minister added this sector is of utmost importance for the government because of its potential multiplier effect on all sectors of the economy. “We hope once this sector is regulated it will be a win-win situation for all: investors will have assurances for their investment instead of the current chaos in the market, consumers will have better services such as interconnected mobile networks instead of carrying several mobile phones, and finally government revenue from the sector will increase through taxation and other charges, which will also help us in reinvesting through infrastructure and universal access fund,” said the minister.

The event was attended by representatives from all stakeholders, including telecom operators like NationLink, Hormuud, SomTel, Golis, SomNet, and SomLink; ISPs; Somalia Bankers Association and its members; local registrars; university associations; Digital TV operators; and representatives from relevant ministries.

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16 May
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Somalia to establish first Internet Exchange Point

Ministry of Post, Telecom and Technology is facilitating the establishment of Somalia’s first Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in Mogadishu (MogIX). (more…)

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09 Mar
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NCA Takes Full Control of Somalia’s ccTLD (DotSO)

Somalia’s National Communications Authority (NCA) took full control of the country-code top-level domain (dotSO) as it will oversee the activities of the Somali National Information Center (SONIC) and Cloudy Registry who ran the operations and the management of the Domain Registry. Effective immediately, SONIC will be an special entity under the supervision of NCA .
The NCA, on behalf of SONIC, signed an Addendum to the Master Supply Agreement with Cloud Registry, which provides registry-hosting services to the DotSO Domain. The Addendum establishes a contractual relationship between the NCA/SONIC and Cloud Registry.
The NCA, with the support of the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Technology, exercises the oversight function as its regulatory authority under Article 54(2) of the 2017 National Communications, which recognizes the DotSO Domain as a national asset.
Abdulaziz Husein Omar, former Director of SONIC who resigned from his position, said, “I was privileged to have led the institution and is happy to transfer full domain management responsibilities to SONIC under the regulator supervision”.
Abdi Sheik Ahmed, the General Manager of NCA, said “DotSO is a national asset and the 2017 Communication Law charges the NCA with its stewardship, adding the Domain will be managed in the interest of the public and the Internet community.
The Minister of Posts, telecommunication and Technology H.E Abdi Ashur Hassan said at the signing ceremony “This is an important milestone for the ICT industry in Somalia and another achievement for the Ministry on the heels of the passage of the Communication Law and the establishment of the regulatory authority.”
The Minister thanked everyone who played a role in the process, particularly the President and Prime Minister. He added, “I would also like to thank the Council of Ministers, the State Attorney General and the former management of SONIC ”.
NCA is planning to start fresh and inclusive process of multi-stakeholder approach, which will  include the academia, civil society, ICT sector and internet community at large.

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