Egypt’s monopoly provider of fixed line services, Telecom Egypt (TE), has announced the launch of its first fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services in Qatamiya, a suburb of Cairo. Commenting on the development, Tarek Tantawy, TE’s chief executive officer, said: ‘TE is adopting a new strategy to roll out fibre access networks in areas with demand for high speed broadband access that reaches 70Mbps. By connecting residential customers with a direct fibre connection we can offer triple-play services through one single high speed connection.’ It is understood that the operator has begun the rollout of FTTx access networks across a number of suburbs around both Cairo and Alexandria as part of a strategy designed to cater for the needs of high-end residential and business subscribers. Services available over the new network include voice, data and IPTV, in addition to value added services and online gaming. TE will offer the bundled services in conjunction with its IT subsidiary TE Data, whilst its pay-TV services utilise existing contracts with companies including ART, a leading Arabic content provider.