Etisalat Egypt has revealed that it expects to begin offering international calls from next month. According to CEO Salah Al Abdooli, the company expects to reach a deal with the Communications Ministry this month which will end Telecom Egypt’s (TE’s) monopoly on international calls. UAE-based Etisalat owns 66% of Etisalat Egypt, the country’s newest cellco which launched in May this year. The company has reported impressive take-up and expects to have signed up three million users by the end of the year, five months ahead of schedule. ‘Talks are in the final stages and we should reach an agreement this month. We could offer international calls by October or November,’ Abdooli told Reuters.