Egypt announces measures to ramp up competition in broadband, international and mobile sectors

7 Feb 2006

Egypt’s National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) says it will amend all of the country’s internet service provider (ISP) concessions to allow licensees to obtain international bandwidth, a government official said yesterday. The changes, to be implemented on 20 February, are part of the NTRA’s attempts to ramp up broadband penetration in the country. The regulator also confirmed it will be offering two new international telephony licences on 1 March to expand incoming and outgoing telecommunication traffic. The new international licensees will initially be permitted to operate international gateways only by utilising the infrastructure of incumbent Telecom Egypt. From 2008 onwards the companies will be permitted to build their own infrastructure. Additionally, a tender for Egypt’s third mobile network licence will be announced next week.