Mobinil delays 3G launch to July

3 Apr 2008

Egyptian cellco Mobinil has confirmed it will delay the introduction of 3G services, and payment of a EGP750 million (USD138 million) instalment on the licence fee, by about two and a half months. In a statement it said it needed the delay because the regulatory authorities were late in handing over the 3G spectrum for it to perform the necessary tests. Mobinil was meant to receive the frequency band on 17 January, but the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) did not release the spectrum until 27 March. Mobinil told NTRA that it will consider 30 March to be the start date for the process, and that it will pay the instalment two months and 14 days after that date, that is 13 June instead of the previously agreed 1 April. It will start commercial 3G services on 14 July, instead of on 1 May, it added.

Egypt, Orange Egypt