Telecom Egypt inks second national roaming agreement

30 May 2017

Just over a month after it inked a national roaming agreement with Orange Egypt, Telecom Egypt (TE) has announced a similar deal with another of the nation’s cellcos. In a press release the fixed line incumbent confirmed that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for national roaming with Etisalat Misr. Under this deal – which it was noted falls under the framework of the mobile licence signed with the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) in August 2016 – TE will offer 2G, 3G and 4G mobile connectivity over Etisalat’s existing network. It is understood that the agreement will enable it to provide its customers across the country with ‘efficient and high-quality mobile services until its own mobile network infrastructure is operational’. Meanwhile, TE has also concluded an MoU with Etisalat Misr for the provision the former’s international voice services for the benefit of the latter’s customers for a period of five years.

Commenting on the deals, Ahmed El Beheiry, TE’s managing director and CEO, said: ‘Our cooperation agreement with Etisalat Misr is another strong step in our progress to become an integrated telecom operator and reflects the growing demand for our services. This cooperation assures TE’s strategic objective of providing its customers with practical options and innovative solutions through strategic partnerships in its local market.’

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, late last month TE announced a MoU with Orange Egypt for a national roaming agreement under which it will provide 2G/3G/4G services over the latter’s infrastructure. In order to ensure readiness to roll out mobile services for customers in good time, TE at that date said it had already started the implementation of its fully converged Business Support System (BSS), integrating functions such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Billing and Point of Sales. Alongside these activities, TE confirmed it is rolling out its own radio network ‘to decrease its dependence on national roaming provided through existing mobile operators’.

Egypt, Etisalat Misr, Telecom Egypt