MobiNil could reject landline licence unless able to build own infrastructure

26 Nov 2014

Egyptian mobile network operator MobiNil looks increasingly likely to reject the opportunity of a fixed line concession, Gulf Times reports, unless it is granted permission to construct its own infrastructure for such services. MobiNil chief executive Yves Gauthier was cited as saying: ‘The current terms of the fixed licence are not satisfactory … We are not saying we want to build a fixed network but we need to have the choice, because if Telecom Egypt (TE) has the right to build their mobile network we should have the possibility to build, or not build, our own network.’

While TE has already agreed to acquire a unified concession allowing it to launch mobile services under its own steam, earlier this month it confirmed it would not look to roll out its own mobile infrastructure until the country licensed 4G services. Meanwhile, last month Egypt’s telecoms minister said that despite the approval of the new unified license scheme back in September 2014, he did not expect any firm upgrading their concession to build new networks as part of the regulatory changes. Mr Gauthier has, however, suggested that such expectations had been unclear, and it is understood that MobiNil presented its concerns regarding the matter to the regulator last week. Further, it has been suggested that the company could take legal action over the new licences if it decides that the terms are unfair.

Egypt, Orange Egypt