The telecommunication operation in Somalia is operated by unregulated private operators which developed out of necessity to fill the vacuum left when the former government operated Post and Telecommunication ministry which was completely destroyed. For instance, there are over dozen operators in the fixed telephone and mobile cellular market.
Study undertaken by ITU (International Telecommunication Union) indicates that there is growing need in Somalia for a policy and regulatory framework providing for the establishment of a regulatory body that is managerially and financially independent from the Somali telecom operators in the telecommunications sector.
Somalia has recently been invited to participate International Telecommunication Union conference held in Dubai and this is a very good step in improving the ICT sector in Somalia. The conference was held to review the current International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs), which serves as the binding global treaty designed to facilitate international interconnection and interoperability of information and communication services, as well as ensuring their efficiency and widespread public usefulness and availability.
Below is an interview with Mohamed Ibrahim, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Information, Post & Telecommunications, Somalia, at WCIT 2012 being held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 3-14 December 2012.
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