Somalia Ministry of Posts Announces Plans to Regain Control of Country Code

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    Somalia Ministry of Posts Announces Plans to Regain Control of Country Code

    MOGADISHU, Somalia July 18 (Horn Observer) Somali Government is planning to regain the full authority of the country's code 252, currently controlled and availed by private entities following the collapse of the late central governmental in 1991

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Eng. Abdi Anshur Hasan, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications . Photo: MPT
MOGADISHU, Somalia July 18 (Horn Observer) Somali Government is planning to regain the full authority of the country's code 252, currently controlled and availed by private entities following the collapse of the late central governmental in 1991 and led to the horn of African nation's national infrastructure to fall into private hands.

Eng. Abdi Anshur Hasan, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications told the media, that by any cost the government will regain the country code of 252 and Internet Domain .SO from the foreign and national individuals.

"Somali government has the responsibility of the 252 code of the country and internet Domain. SO, as these are national asset,” Minister Anshur said on Monday as he was speaking at a press conference following restoration of the internet service after three weeks outage. "This is clearly defined by the law and the government is regaining its control as soon as possible.”


After regaining the authority to control the two vital services, the Minister promised his ministry would observe the Telecommunications Bill, now in pending at parliamentary approval as a regulatory way for all service providers to ascertain the telephone and internet services become reliable and qualitative.

"Once the bill is passed by the Parliament, it will become an official regulation mechanism that reflects the government policy which will also be fair for all competitors.” He added.

Due to internet booming, Somalia’s domain remains as one of the most expensive domains in the world whose price ranges between 100 - 120 USD per domain and that money goes to the pockets of private companies. In a report in May this year, the World Bank Group noted that in spite of being a failed state, Somalia has better connectivity than Zambia and Lesotho, two peaceful countries in Africa.

Meanwhile reports indicate that the government departments were still keeping off maintaining the national domain due to safety concerns as only several ministers access it for public press releases.

But the government attempts to at least end the chances of profit seeking Somalis and their foreign business partners who have been overtaking the government’s service providing role during the past two and half decades.

- Horn Observer -


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