MobiNil presses TE for lower international gateway charges

14 Sep 2009

Egyptian mobile network operator Egyptian Company for Mobile Services (MobiNil) may consider lodging an application for its own international gateway licence if it is unsuccessful in pressing its existing provider for price cuts, Reuters reports. At present MobiNil has an agreement with fixed line incumbent Telecom Egypt (TE) for routing international traffic, under an agreement signed in early 2008. However, the cellco has called on it to reduce the charges for leasing circuits and telephone exchanges for international calls, with MobiNil commercial vice president Yasser Radwan noting: ‘MobiNil wants to obtain better prices than anyone else seeking its service. If TE does not provide for the needs of its customers at competitive rates for international calls, then every company will study getting its own licence.’ MobiNil rival Vodafone Egypt last week renewed its own international gateway contract with TE, while the country’s third mobile operator, Etisalat Misr, purchased its own international gateway licence in October 2007, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database.

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