Two bids received by NTRA for limited triple-play licences

16 Apr 2010

The president of Egypt’s National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), Amr Badawi, has announced that two consortiums have submitted bids for the two geographically-restricted triple-play concessions currently up for grabs. According to Reuters, Badawi said of the development: ‘We have received two bids from consortiums and will study them technically and the NTRA board will make a decision sometime in May.’ The executive did not, however, name the two bidders.

The bidding deadline for the licences was initially set as 12 January 2010, but following requests from interested parties for more time to formulate offers it was subsequently pushed back to 15 April. The revelation that just two bids have been received comes despite the previous reports that at least 18 firms had purchased bid documents; it is understood that the restrictive geographical scope of the concessions has deterred a number of possible bidders.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in October 2009 the NTRA unveiled plans to offer the two triple-play concessions, which will allow the sale of fixed line voice, high speed broadband and pay-TV services in upscale suburbs outside the capital which contain between 50 and 5,000 housing units; provision of these services outside these areas will remain restricted.

Egypt, National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA)