The National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) is considering issuing a new regulatory framework for licensing the mobile towers construction and lease.
The new framework aims to stimulate investment in the field of establishing and leasing mobile towers, and operating in the Egyptian ICT market where four mobile operators compete to provide mobile services, including 3G and 4G mobile networks, to around 90 million users.
The Egyptian ICT market is one of the largest ICT markets in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, representing 4% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It has a number of potentials, including human capital, infrastructure and assets, that qualify it for moving deeper into the digital age. It is, also, a very dynamic market; it achieves sustainable and rapid growth rates, in terms of the demand for different ICT services, in general, and broadband services in particular.
It is worth mentioning that NTRA is the national authority responsible for managing and regulating the ICT sector in Egypt, by virtue of the Law No. (10) of 2003. Its mandate is to create an enabling environment for competition among telecommunication operators, and ensure providing quality and effective telecommunication services, nationwide, according to innovative and fair regulations.