Egyptian communications minister confirms 4G frequencies are now ready for use

22 May 2017

Egyptian communications minister Yasser al-Kadi has confirmed that the LTE-suitable spectrum which has been allocated to four companies is now ready for use, according to Reuters. The minister was cited as saying: ‘We are now ready to hand over 4G mobile frequencies to any company that is ready … We are waiting for companies to finish preparations to receive the frequencies.’

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, Telecom Egypt was the first company to acquire a 4G concession, in August 2016, while Orange Egypt, Vodafone Egypt and Etisalat Mist all followed suit in October. Earlier this year, in January 2017, the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) requested that the nation’s three existing mobile network operators – Vodafone, Orange and Etisalat – halt trials of 4G services, however, amid claims the new services were impacting the quality of existing third-generation connectivity.