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Apprehension of an Illegal Telecom Network Bypassing International Calls
7/3/2016

The National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), in collaboration with the Telecom Police Department and Telecom Egypt (TE) and by virtue of judicial apprehension regulations, has determined the location of a company that owns unlicensed telecom equipment and controls a network that illegally bypasses incoming international calls. The company, located in Heliopolis, has been providing illegal telecommunications services without obtaining prior authorization from NTRA. 

Moreover, the accused company has been dealing with the criminals who illegally bypass and terminate international calls outside Egypt in order to assemble the international traffic online away from the international gateways licensed by NTRA thereby the state incurred great losses amounting to hundreds of millions of Egyptian pounds on an annual basis not to mention its negative impact on the national security.

In fact, the Security Forces have cooperated with a committee affiliated to NTRA stormed into the company's headquarters in Heliopolis where they seized all the evidence that confirms the company's illegal practices and many mobile lines that were used to bypass international calls or the equipment used for that purpose. The company's owner was arrested and referred to the public prosecutor's office to take the necessary legal action against him.

​Eng. Mustafa Abdul Wahid, acting Executive President of NTRA, stated that committing such crimes and illegally bypassing international calls without passing through the authorized and licensed gateways and networks violates to the provisions of Article (21) of the Telecom Regulation Law No. 10/ 2003, which stipulates that "it is prohibited to establish or operate Telecommunication Networks, provide Telecommunication Services, by-pass international telephone calls or announce any of these without obtaining a license from the NTRA in accordance with the provisions of this Law and its executive resolutions" as the punishment and penalties for these violations are stipulated in Article (72) thereof.