3 Sep 2008
Egyptian news source The Daily News is reporting that The Egyptian Company for Mobile Services (Mobinil) has launched commercial 3G services over a W-CDMA network covering Cairo, Alexandria, Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada, Dahab, Taba, Safaga, Marsa Alam, Luxor and Aswan. In partnership with several network vendors, Mobinil is reported to have invested EGP4 billion (USD749 million) so far this year on its infrastructure, following EGP3.3 billion in investment in the previous year. The operator has increased its number of active base stations to more than 6,500; of these 700 offer 3G access. The launch of commercial service comes after several delays; Mobinil initially expected to receive 2100MHz spectrum for testing in January 2008, although this was delayed by the regulator until March 2008.