Etisalat to expand Etisalat Misr network

20 Feb 2008

Swedish vendor Ericsson has signed a contract with Egyptian cellco Etisalat Misr to expand its GSM/W-CDMA/HSPA network, bringing Misr’s total investments with the vendor to nearly USD300 million since it won Egypt’s third mobile concession in July 2006. Under the latest deal, Ericsson will supply 2G and 3G radio equipment, microwave transmission links and core software, as well as handling site acquisition, civil works, installation, testing and integration. Etisalat Misr launched services in May 2007. It is 66%-owned by UAE incumbent Etisalat, which has promised USD1.41 billion of investment up to 2010, by which time it hopes to have signed up ten million subscribers. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, it had an estimated two million users by the end of September 2007, giving it a 7% market share.