Telecom Egypt aims for mid-2013 MVNO launch as it prepares to start tech tests

13 May 2013

Telecom Egypt (TE) has reiterated its desire to launch mobile voice services as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), subject to finally receiving an appropriate licence. Ahram Online reports that, in a statement to the Egyptian stock exchange, the fixed line incumbent had said that it plans to move forward with technical tests this week, with a statement from the operator noting: ‘[The CEO] said that the company has plans to start work in July and he has stated before that Telecom Egypt is ready to launch the service once it gets the licence’.

Alongside plans to allow TE to offer mobile voice services, the Egyptian government is also looking at permitting the country’s cellcos –MobiNil, Vodafone Egypt and Etisalat Misr – to offer fixed line voice services using the incumbent’s infrastructure. With the National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) having assigned a German company to formulate fees for the new concessions, the latter is expected to have finished its work on the pricing by mid-June 2013. Meanwhile, TE is said to have already received a draft MVNO licence from the regulator, the terms of which is understood to be discussing with the NTRA.