Revised terms for 4G licences approved by Egyptian regulator

18 Aug 2016

Egypt’s National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has reportedly approved revised terms for the country’s 4G concessions, and the updated licences are now set to be sent to operators at the end of this week for them to consider. According to Reuters, which cites a senior official at the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology (MCIT), the decision to update the licence terms came after only fixed line incumbent Telecom Egypt accepted the original terms, with mobile operators Orange Egypt, Vodafone Egypt and Etisalat Misr having passed. With the regulator said to have been keen to prioritise existing carriers, the decision to revise the terms was made, and it is understood that the licences will now include additional frequencies, while there is no change in the pricing or the condition that 50% of the licence fee payment must be made in US dollars. Operators will reportedly be given until 22 September 2016 to make a decision on whether they will accept the new terms.