Egyptian cellcos seeking more 4G-suitable spectrum

7 Dec 2017

Mustafa Abdul Wahid, Acting Executive President at Egypt’s National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA), has revealed that all four of the nation’s mobile network operators (MNOs) are seeking additional spectrum suitable for the provision of 4G services. In a report by Daily News Egypt the executive was cited as saying that Orange Egypt, Vodafone Egypt, Etisalat Misr and Telecom Egypt have made official requests for new frequencies with a view to keeping up with demand for their respective LTE-based offerings. Wahid said the MNOs’ requests are now being studied, and the NTRA is understood to be coordinating with other relevant authorities regarding the possibility of opening up access to new spectrum.

Meanwhile, in confirming that his company had indeed made an application for new spectrum, Ayman Essam, head of corporate government relations at Vodafone Egypt, said: ‘The frequencies we have already obtained are sufficient for the current generation of 4G services, however, we will need new frequencies for the next two years, 2018 and 2019, given the expected increase in the number of 4G users. They will also be necessary to provide new applications for users.’