Telecom Egypt aiming to launch mobile voice offering within three weeks

6 Sep 2013

Egyptian fixed line incumbent Telecom Egypt (TE) has reportedly revealed that it expects to launch mobile voice services within the next three weeks, according to Ventures Africa. Citing TE CEO Mohamed Al-Nawawy, the report claims that the operator is aiming to sign up around 1.5 million customers in the first phase of its launch as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), though it was not clarified how long that phase would last. Meanwhile, the executive was also said to have confirmed that TE will offer services at some 2,000 outlets across the country.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in July 2013 Telecom Egypt was said to be in talks with mobile operators about potential wholesale deals which would allow it to launch as a virtual operator. At that date Al-Nawawy was cited in the local press as saying that TE was discussing details of possible wholesale deals while it awaited the allocation of a licence to allow it to launch as a mobile reseller. Further, the executive also noted that his company had increased the frequency of its regular meetings with the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) in order to discuss the possibility of obtaining a new integrated licence for fixed and mobile services.

Egypt, Telecom Egypt