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Egypt Awards TE & The Three Mobile Operators 4G Mobile Licences
12/4/2016
National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) and Egypt's state-owned fixed line incumbent Telecom Egypt (TE) signed 4G mobile licence for the establishment and operation of 4 G mobile networks, that cost the company EGP 7.08 billion. This took place with the attendance of Eng. Yasser El-Kady, the minister of communications and information technology, the executives of NTRA and TE's Board of Directors. 

Eng. Mustafa Abd El-Wahid, acting executive president of the NTRA, has stated that the new licence allows TE to provide 4 G mobile services as it permits the company to provide these services, using the new frequencies and provide 2G and 3 G services through national roaming with the existing Licencees. 

It is worth mentioning in this respect that NTRA's BoD had approved the regulatory framework of the Egyptian telecom market, which includes 4G services provision. This aims in the first place to enable all companies to provide the same services to the end- user, with the ultimate privileges of the launching of high- speed 4G services that augments the Internet speeds, improves the quality of the currently-provided services and introduction of new services for the benefit of all citizens. 

In addition, the entry of TE to the Egyptian market as a new mobile operator will enhance free competition therein, hence ameliorating the quality of services provided thereto at more affordable prices not to mention the provision of revenues to the state's public treasury and new jobs creation.  The licence was signed by Eng. Mustafa Abd El-Wahed, NTRA's acting executive president and Eng. Tamer Gadalah, Telecom Egypt's CEO.

On the other hand, NTRA awarded Etisalat Misr the 4 G licence for the establishment and operation of 4G mobile broadband networks that worth $ 535.5 million. The mobile operator also paid $11.262 million for the provision of the virtual fixed-line service as part of the agreement; hence Etisalat Misr has total frequencies of 40 MHz allocated thereto.

The licences were signed by Eng. Mustafa Abdul Wahid, Acting Executive President of NTRA and Eng. Hazem Metwaly, Executive President of Etisalat Misr, with the attendance of Eng. Yasser El-Kady, the minister of communications and information technology, the executives of NTRA and Etisalat Misr's Board of Directors


Moreover, NTRA signed with Vodafone Egypt the 4 G licence for the establishment and operation of 4G mobile broadband networks for $ 335 million. The mobile operator also paid $11.262 million for the operation of a virtual fixed-line service as part of the agreement. Accordingly, Vodafone Egypt has total frequencies of 42.5 MHz allocated thereto.

The licences were signed by Eng. Mustafa Abdul Wahid, Acting Executive President of NTRA and Eng. Stefano Gastaut, the company's chief executive officer, with the attendance of Eng. Yasser El-Kady, the minister of communications and information technology, the executives of NTRA and Vodafone's Board of Directors. 

Furthermore NTRA signed with Orange Egypt the 4 G licence for the establishment and operation of 4G mobile broadband networks at the value of $ 484 million. The mobile operator also paid $11.262 million for the provision of the virtual fixed-line service as part of the agreement.
The licenses were signed by Eng. Mustafa Abdul Wahid, Acting Executive President of NTRA and Jean Marc Harion, Orange Egypt's CEO, with the attendance of by HE Eng. Yasser El-Kady, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, NTRA's officials and Orange Egypt senior officials and board members at the NTRA's headquarters.

NTRA's Acting Executive President Eng. Mostafa Abdul-Wahid stated that the new licences will allow Etisalat Misr, Vodafone Egypt and Orange Egypt to provide 4 G mobile services and the virtual fixed-line services as part of the agreement signed last night, thereby providing remarkable and integrated services to its customers.​