Egyptian court confirms ECA can investigate monopoly issues in telecoms sectors

22 Dec 2016

An Egyptian administrative court has ruled that the country’s antitrust watchdog, the Egyptian Competition Authority (ECA), is authorised to examine monopolistic practices in the telecoms sector, Ahram Online reports, citing a statement from the ECA. It is understood that the case was filed by local mobile network operator (MNO) Orange Egypt (formerly MobiNil), which claimed that the ECA did not have the right to refer communications providers to court. The cellco had claimed that by doing so the ECA was trespassing on the authority of local telecoms regulator the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA).