Somalis Can Call Across Different Networks

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The National Communications Authority and Somali telecom companies signed an interconnection agreement, which allows customers of the country’s various telecom operators to call each other across different networks.

According to the agreement signed on Monday, Somalis who are subscribers to different mobile networks will be able to connect to each other beginning January 10, and the interconnection process will be completed by February 2023.

The Minister of Communications and Technology, Jama Hassan Khalif, who witnessed the agreement signing, said the deal breaks the barriers between the mobile operators.

“The government stands for protecting the rights of citizens, whether they are customers or owners of mobile operators,” said Khalif. “The work completed today by the Ministry is a living example of the government’s commitment to improving telecommunication and creating an enabling environment for the telecoms to operate in a legal atmosphere where they can all flourish.” 

In Somalia, mobile service providers did not allow customers to call each other irrespectively of which network they were subscribed to, curtailing the sector’s growth.

Mustafa Yasin Sheikh, General Manager of the National Communications Authority, said that the deal would improve the country’s communication infrastructure.

“In addition to the interconnection agreement being a requirement and a right for the customer, it is also an important benchmark for the growth of the telecommunications market and the investment in technology and innovation, and I hope that this agreement will put an end to discussions that have lasted since the inception of telecom companies in the country,” said Mustafa.

Experts say the interconnection agreement will open up new opportunities for mobile operators while also improving people’s lives and communication.