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Signing of Agreement on Granting MobiNil 3G License
10/18/2007

Prime Minister Dr. Ahmed Nazif witnessed  the agreement signing between the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) and MobiNil on granting the latter a license to offer 3G mobile services.

Prime Minister Dr. Ahmed Nazif witnessed, on the 17th of Oct. 2007, at the Smart Village the agreement signing between the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) and MobiNil on granting the latter a license to offer 3G mobile services.

The agreement was signed between both Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Tarek Kamel and NTRA Chairman Dr. Amr Badawy and MobiNil Board Chairman Eng. Naguib Sawiris.

The 15-year license identifies MobiNil as the third provider of 3G services in Egypt after Etisalat Misr and Vodafone Egypt with a total fee of LE 3.34 billion and 2.4% of its total annual 3G revenues. The LE 3.34-billion fee will go the public treasury based on law 10 for 2003, which regulates the communications sector.

The license allows MobiNil to use UMTS, EDGE, HSUPA and HSDPA technologies and to provide services that include visual communications, video-messaging, high-speed data transfer and internet, MBMS services, Mobile TV, Push-to-View and GPRS, provided that the company has to get permissions for some of the services from the concerned authorities. MobiNil is to acquire a 10 MHz frequency spectrum for broadcasting its 3G services.

Dr. Kamel said that with the new license acquisition fee, the communication sector's total contribution to the Public Treasury has amounted to LE 28,5 billion derived of the fees of the licenses granted to the three mobile operators and the shares of Telecom Egypt.