ICT SECTOR SUPPORT

Current Open Position: ICT Sector Project Manager, based in Mogadishu. (Full Announcement in Project Documents)

 

Support to ICT Sector in Somalia Project-  Phase I  

The Development Objectives of the Project are:

  • to create an enabling and trusted policy and regulatory environment and
  • to develop Somalia’s telecommunications infrastructure as a foundation for economic recovery and growth.

The project was rated Satisfactory, with the closing date set in March 2016 and the deliverables including:

  • Assistance in preparing Communications Law;
  • Support for an effective ICT regulatory agency;
  • Support for implementing an ICT licensing framework;
  • Cost-benefit analysis of the contribution of telecoms to public finance;
  • Establishment of open access to international bandwidth;
  • Installing communication rooms in key ministries and development partners’ premises;

ICT Sector Support in Somalia - Phase II.

The first phase of the ICT Sector Project has laid the ground work for Phase II of the project to be scaled up through MPF funding.

The first phase of the project was rated Satisfactory. It has enabled a number of key milestones in the sector:

  • First historic interconnection agreement signed by telecom operators in June 2014 and has now been sustained for more than one year;
  • First official contribution by telecoms operators to the public treasury officially, ongoing since May 2014 (around 400k per month);
  • Successful completion of the first Video-Conference test call using fiber-optic connectivity from the Federal Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications in Villa Somalia (link from the landing station in Mogadishu) and simultaneously with 5 locations (DC, Dubai, UK and two other in Mogadishu);
  • Installation of Communications Rooms in 3 Ministries (scalable to 15 Ministries during the project and to other Federal States);
  • The advance purchase of bandwidth and provision of a fibre local loop around Mogadishu;
  • Communications Law approved by Cabinet in October 2014 and revised following second reading in Parliament in July 2015.

Supporting Connectivity for the Higher Education Sector Program

The Federal Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications acts as the implementing agency supporting connectivity to the higher education sector, supporting Somalia’s Research and Education Network (SomaliREN). The World Bank also working with the UbuntuNet Alliance, through the AfricaConnect Initiative, to support connectivity for the higher education sector in Somalia beyond the REN system.

The main objective behind the EU AfricaConnect initiative is to engage in a conditional financing scheme laying the internet backbone for the continent’s regional Research and Education Networks (RENs), enabling connection points to member National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) to connect to the regional REN, and linking regional RENs to the global REN community via connections to the European research and education backbone network global Research and Education network, GÉANT.

The UbuntuNet Regional Network is the regional research and education Internet backbone network in Eastern and Southern Africa that connects Southern and Eastern African NRENs to each other and to the global REN network via GÉANT. The UbuntuNet Alliance is the organization that manages and operates the UbuntuNet backbone network and is the responsible party that will provide all technical, financial, and infrastructural support to Somalia as a member NREN under the AfricaConnect Initiative.

Somalia’s REN, SomaliREN, has notionally been a member of the UbuntuNet Alliance since 2009, but has hitherto been unable to provide its 20% share of the conditional financing (€280,000) required for linking the NREN with UbuntuNet regional backbone network.

 

SIM Card Registration

SIM registration policies have swept rapidly across the African continent with implementation motivations stemming in large part from a practical interest in improving security environments. The benefits of SIM registration have been under emphasized and under-utilized by many governments so far. The World Bank  and the Government of Somalia are discussing the benefit of the policy for Somalia, the development of the relevant knowledge and governance capacity in both public and private sectors,  to implement SIM card registration.