In continuation to the consultation process that the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has started with regards to the Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) regulation, NTRA is pleased to release a consultation paper on the draft of the BWA regulatory framework.
The NTRA seeks to know the opinions of experts and stakeholders working in ICT sector regarding the best proposed recommendations to the suggested regulations, in an attempt to enhance the transparency marking the market.
The consultation paper includes the main indicators of the telecommunications networks infrastructure in Egypt and the policy pursued by the NTRA in laying down the regulations related to this issue. Moreover, it includes some questions that the NTRA is posing, and the procedures of responding to them.
Drafts of the BWA regulatory framework and of the conditions and rules regulating BWA in the frequency band 3.5 GHz are attached to the consultation paper.
The NTRA invites all experts, stakeholders and all interested parties involved in the ICT sector to participate in this consultation with their comments, feedbacks and answers to the consultation paper.
Replies shall be kindly sent before 3:00 pm, Sunday 27/8/2006.
In a later phase, and on receiving and studying the feedbacks and replies to the consultation paper, the NTRA will organize a workshop to discuss the proposed regulatory framework, and the feedbacks.
Please download the consultation paper from the publications section on the NTRA web site (Please note that the consultation paper is available in Arabic only):
Please be advised that the consultation paper is only available in Arabic
Within the framework of free competition, the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) Board of Directors, Headed By Dr. Tarek Kamel Minister of Communications and Information Technology, agreed to set free the promotional offers and pricing for the three mobile Operators starting from 1st January 2010.
The mobile Operators must inform the NTRA of these offers 24 hours before announcing them. This will take place pursuant to the following terms and regulations:
- The price rates (of the promotional offers) are higher than the costs in a way that prevents dumping. The concerned entities will follow up on this and interfere to stop these offers in case of need.
- The promotional offers must be presented within non-monopolistic practices and must not violate rules of free competition. This will be discussed and the concerned entities will interfere to stop these offers in case these practices are proven.
- Promotional offers must not affect the quality of service. The NTRA will monitor quality assurance to know how far the Quality of Service is affected. In case the quality of service is affected the offer will be stopped immediately.
- The charges for the mobile-to-fixed call per minute should not exceed the charges for the mobile call to any other mobile network per minute.
- The NTRA shall determine the interconnection on any fixed or mobile network as per the On-net call rate according to the NTRA’s previous decisions and resolutions in this concern.
- The Operators must abide by the equal pricing among all mobile Operators.
NTRA attributed such decisions to the arrival of the mobile market in Egypt to the stage of maturity and stability, especially after a period of three years from the operation of the third mobile network, not to mention the consecutive reductions the Operators used to make, in an environment of positive competition, all for the benefit of the subscriber.
The Board of Directors discussed the applications and requests of the companies that purchased the RFP of the 2 licenses of Mobile Networks in Closed Compounds. It is worth-mentioning that one of the most important decisions in this concern has been the increase of residential units in the Closed Compound from 5,000 units to 10,000 units and the increase of the license term from 10 years to 15 years.