[SGS – Hargeisa, Somaliland] Last week, five of the local Telecom Operators in Somaliland have drawn up an agreement to finally set up what seems to be an interconnection between the networks including Fixed-Mobile Termination services. According to the Spokesman for the Representatives of the Network Operators, Mr Jama H. Mohamed Egal, these companies have been locked in series of meetings to sort out both the technical challenges as well as setting up an interconnection which can provide a lasting resolution.
Apparently the companies involved in this agreement were SomTel, Nationlink, Telcom, Soltelco and Africa Online. For whatever the reason is, Telesom who is now by far the biggest Mobile Network Operator (MNO) in the country has not been engaged in this endeavour or so it seems anyway. Unfortunately this might be a missed opportunity for an industry ravaged by a lack of proper interconnection. Also the potential of increased teledensity and internet-density will continue to suffer because of the long-standing issues associated with the interconnections.