Egypt to award LTE concessions within two months

10 May 2016

The Egyptian government is planning to award 4G mobile licences within two months, with the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) aiming to finalise the legal drafting of the concessions in two weeks, according to Egypt’s Minister of Communication and Information Technology Yasser El-Kady. Zawya reports that a total of four licences will be issued. Meanwhile, an unnamed NTRA official disclosed that Telecom Egypt would start offering mobile services using rivals’ networks if it secures one of the 4G licences.

TeleGeography notes that three companies currently offer mobile services in Egypt – Vodafone, Orange and Etisalat Misr (Nile Telecom) – while monopoly fixed line provider Telecom Egypt (TE) is also looking to enter the wireless sector.