Egypt’s telecoms minister says MVNO licence sale likely within four weeks

7 Mar 2012

The Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Mohamed Salem, has reportedly indicated that the country will launch a tender for mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) concessions within the next month, Reuters reports. ‘We are finalising the format for the MVNO [licence] and hopefully we should expect (to issue the tender) in four weeks’ time,’ Mr Salem was cited as saying. It remains unclear, however, as to how many virtual operator licences the government is likely to make available, while the minister also declined to comment regarding pricing for the concessions, or indeed the money expected to be raised for the government by the auction process as a whole.

Mr Salem, meanwhile, was reported to have confirmed that the sale process for fourth-generation mobile licences was also currently being examined. ‘4G will be included in the broadband strategy … The broadband plan … will be issued by the end of June,’ the minister is reported to have said.