NTRA sends plans for unified telecom licence to cabinet for final approval

2 Jan 2014

Egyptian telecoms regulator the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has reportedly confirmed that it has agreed to issue a unified licence allowing a company to offer both fixed line and mobile networks, according to Reuters. With the watchdog having sent the details of its decision to the cabinet for final approval, it is expected that the move will allow fixed line incumbent Telecom Egypt (TE) to enter the mobile market. In a statement detailing the development, the NTRA was cited as saying: ‘(The decision) will achieve needed development and balance in Egypt’s telecoms market … The details of the unified license have been sent to the cabinet’s economic committee in preparation for it being presented for ratification and final approval by the cabinet.’