The Egyptian telecoms regulator, the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), has given the go-ahead for two consortia to provide triple-play services to residential compounds in Cairo’s suburbs which contain between 50 and 5,000 housing units, Reuters reports. The announcement follows the NTRA’s revelation that it was making two geographically-restricted triple-play concessions available last October. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in April 2010 two bids were received for the concessions, and commenting on the latest development, Amr Badawi, NTRA CEO, said: ‘The committee has finished its work, and we had two bids, and both bids were accepted.’ It is understood that of the two consortia, one is led by LINKdotNET Egypt, which was recently sold to mobile network operator Egyptian Company for Mobile Services (MobiNil), and includes affiliates of local telecoms group Orascom Telecom. The other licence-winning group is believed to include Vodafone Egypt.
Alongside the announcement that the triple-play concessions had been awarded the NTRA also announced that it had appealed against a court ruling which overturned a ruling it made in September 2008 lowering interconnection rates. Last month it was revealed that a Cairo court had reversed the NTRA’s ruling following an appeal by MobiNil. ‘We’ve appealed that, and our decision is still on… We believe that we have a just case and we will prevail at the end,’ Badawi said of the matter.