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Somali telecom industry under global radar

Ministry of Information
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Press Release

The Somali Minister for information, Posts, Telecommunication and Transport  HE Abdullahi E Hersi (Elmoge) with the General Secretariat of ITU, Dr Hamadoun TourĂ© at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

The Somali Minister of Information, Posts, Telecommunication and Transport, HE Abdullahi E Hersi (Elmog) attended the Mobile World Congress summit in Barcelona on the 25 to 27th of Feb 2013. At this conference, he met many global telecom and ICT Industry leaders, including many Ministers and heads of International Organizations such as the ITU (International Telecommunication Union), ATU (African Telecommunication Union) and GSMA.

The Minister, HE Abdullahi E Hersi  accompanied by his advisor Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim had an informative discussion with the ITU Sec General and members of his staff where they spoke at length about the recent developments of the Somali telecommunication sector. They talked about how this it would greatly impact the rebuilding of Somalia and also of the legal implications it may have in this sector with regards to inter-connectivity, the Somali gateway, access to the Fibre networks, a national number plan, spectrum usage and provision of universal service for the whole Somali community in Somalia and not just major cities.

This was a follow-up meeting from the December WCIT 2012 event in Dubai where Somali has signed in the International Regulatory Treaty, which means as a signatory; the Somali government has both rights and obligations under the rules that govern international telecommunication. A subsequent meeting is scheduled next month in Geneva where the ITU and representatives from the Somali government will finalize and start implementing the action plans discussed in Dubai. The Somali Telecom Industry is now under the radar of the global telecom industry, as well as international laws and regulations that govern this industry.

Somalia has made huge strides in recent months with the start of its national newspaper, plans to begin Postal Services and now the newest milestone with the developments in the telecommunication sector. For the Somali people, this is welcoming news because it now gives them unprecedented access to a transparent system that governs the telecommunication sector; for the telecom operators, they are now bound and protected by the international rules and regulations.



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