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etisalat Further Strengthens Its Position as Region's Telecom Leader after Impressively Winning Egypt’s Third Mobile Network License
The consortium led by etisalat won the auction supervised by the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) and Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology to operate Egypt’s third mobile network license. The decision was announced opting for the etisalat consortium’s offer for both 2G and 3G licenses.
This decision effectively clears the way for etisalat’s rapid mobile expansion in the region, its provision of enhanced customer services and the transfer of its enabling technologies to the largest market in the region.
The success of the consortium further consolidates etisalat’s position as the leading telecommunications operator in the region. It also marks a huge leap forward for its strategy of rolling out its cutting edge technologies and premium services across the region.
“We were very confident in Egypt as a place for investment and were very sure that the process of the new licensing and the final decision will be in favor of the offer that will best serve the Egyptian customer and we would like to thank the NTRA and MOICT for the transparency and commitment in the selection process. We are very delighted and honored that the decision was in favor of our consortium proposal.” commented Eng. Mohammed Hassan Omran, Chairman, etisalat.
“Also, I expressed great thanks to our strategic partners in the consortium, Egypt Post, National Bank of Egypt and Commercial International Bank. The partners worked very professionally in reaching this great success” Eng. Omran added.
etisalat’s Egyptian partners have exceptional contributions to add to those of etisalat to ensure the success of the consortium. Egypt Post has a century of operating its nationwide distribution network and is committed to continuously modernizing and enhancing its services. The National Bank of Egypt is the nation’s first and largest bank with an extensive country wide presence. The Commercial International Bank (Egypt) is Egypt’s premier privately owned bank. With all these partners, etisalat is extremely well placed to deploy its services quickly in strategic areas, efficiently and cost effectively.
etisalat and its partners have a major advantage on the market being its guaranteed quality, while continuing to contribute in guiding, assisting and developing cost effective and technologically advance services that will meet the various needs of the Egyptian society.
“etisalat is focused on achieving its expansion goals to become the driving force for change in the region’s telecommunications sector and being in a position to pave the way for the region’s new dynamism in the telecommunication industry well into the 21st Century. We believe that our customer focused business strategy will ensure that we achieve our objectives,” Eng. Omran also added.
The Chairman of etisalat also emphasized that the granting of the third license to the consortium would open doors for cooperation with Telecom Egypt for different new opportunities locally and internationally.
“We are very delighted to have won the license. This is an important investment for Egypt Post and we are confident that with our century-long and country-wide experience in serving our customers all over Egypt and with etisalat’s state-of-the-art technologies and vast experience in the telecom sector, we and all our partners will be able to deliver to Egyptian customers a truly technologically advanced and value-added service that is customer oriented and focused which will meet the Egyptian customers’ expectations,” stated Eng. Alaa Fahmy, Chairman, Egypt Post.
“As a regional leader in telecommunications, we look forward to becoming more actively involved in Egypt through setting up the third mobile network. Egypt is the largest and one of the most rapidly growing markets in the Middle East. We believe we have a lot to offer in terms of technology, know-how, and services to the Egyptian customer,” commented Mr. Jamal Al Jarwan, General Manager, International Business, etisalat.
“We have an excellent track record of rolling out green field operations in the region and we intend to proceed to the rollout of our operations as fast as possible with a commitment to high quality services and customer care,” Al Jarwan added.
etisalat is a truly international player with its role highlighted in managing and operating telecom companies in international markets including Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Pakistan, Tanzania, Benin, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Niger, Togo, Republic of Central Africa, Ivory Coast, recently gaining a license in Afghanistan and now in Egypt, as well as its owning shares in operators such as Qatar Telecom (Qtel) and Sudatel In addition to its investments and management of telecommunication services through satellite based telecoms service provider Thuraya which covers two thirds of the globe.
etisalat has longstanding experience in providing all types of telecommunication services including mobile and fixed communications, internet and cable TV.
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