Telecom Egypt to consider mobile voice options

22 Dec 2009

Egypt’s monopoly fixed line provider, Telecom Egypt (TE), is mulling an entrance to the wireless sector with a view to helping offset declining fixed line subscriber numbers, Reuters reports. According to comments made by a senior TE executive, vice president Mohammed Abdel Rehim, ‘the company must obtain a mobile service in order to continue.’ Consideration is being given to such a move as the telco maintains that fixed line connections are falling as a direct result of mobile substitution. Last month TE revealed that its fixed line customer base had fallen 15% year-on-year to 9.6 million at end-September 2009. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, TE’s fixed line subscribers had maintained a solid growth rate until end-2008, when lines in service peaked at 11.7 million; the operator reported its first decline at the end of the first three months of its current fiscal year, reporting that as of end-March 2009 fixed line customers had fallen to 11.6 million, before plunging to 9.8 million at the end of the first half of the year.

Egypt, Telecom Egypt