NTRA and GSMA will work together to boost digital inclusion

6 Mar 2015

Egypt’s National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has inked an agreement with the GSMA under which the duo have established ‘a framework of cooperation designed to promote Egypt’s mobile economy, recognising the transformative potential of mobile technology for economic growth, job creation, public services, businesses and wider digital inclusion of Egypt’s citizens’. Commenting on the development, Egyptian communications minister Atef Helmy was cited as saying: ‘The Memorandum of Understanding signed with the GSMA at Mobile World Congress this week reflects our intention to develop a supportive regulatory environment that is based on international best practices and aimed at attracting long-term investment in mobile network infrastructure and services in Egypt.’ It is understood that the agreement employs a multi-faceted approach that aims to address both the supply and demand sides of the Egyptian mobile market, with the NTRA and the GSMA expected to develop best practice recommendations on spectrum licensing and infrastructure sharing, while promoting mobile-enabled services for digital and financial inclusion, including e-Government and mobile money.