Powers and Duties Powers and Duties

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology shall have the powers and duties to:

  1. Promote the expansion of communication services and the development of information technology;
  2. Facilitate the creation of institutional capacity for the effective implementation of information technology development policy;
  3. Set and implement standards to ensure the provision of quality, reliable and safe communication and information technology services;
  4. Regulate the rate of telecommunication service charges;
  5. Provide license and regulate telecommunication and postal service operators;
  6. Ensure the technical compatibility of telecommunication equipments;
  7. Assign and monitor Government domain names and register addresses to develop and coordinate Government institutions' information system;
  8. Coordinate all stakeholders for the creation and proper utilization of country code top level domain, and facilitate the proper implementation of same;
  9. Facilitate the creation of fast and affordable information access;
  10. Follow up, and provide necessary support for, the implementation of modern information network between and within Federal and Regional Government institutions;
  11. Ensure mission critical systems and services in public sector are computerized and online services are gradually available to users;
  12. Ensure the integration and interoperability of operational and forthcoming computer networks and applications;
  13. Support the coordinated and secured information flow and exchange between Government institutions; follow up their proper applications;
  14. Issue certificates of competence to information technology professionals and entities whose accreditations do not fall under the jurisdiction of other government organs;
  15. Issue directives necessary for regulating telecommunication, postal and information technology services;
  16. Conduct research and studies for the advancement of new technologies and services in the communication and information technology field;
  17. Collaborate with educational institutions to promote education in the fields of communication and information technology;
  18. Give training and, advice on project administration and implementation to facilitate the utilization of communication and information technology in Government organization; issue directives and follow up implementation of same;
  19. Design favorable conditions for the development of communication and information technology industry and cause implementation of same;
  20. Authorize and supervise the use of radio frequencies allotted to Ethiopia;
  21. Establish national telecommunication numbering plan, allocate and administer numbers and supervise efficient use thereof;
  22. Collect service fees in accordance with rates approved by the Council of Ministers.