Etisalat and Vodafone bag 'closed compound' concessions; TE and Vodafone ink pair of deals

20 Feb 2019

Egypt’s National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has awarded licences allowing for the establishment and operation of access networks in closed compounds to both Etisalat Misr and Vodafone Egypt. In a press release regarding the matter the regulator confirmed that the concessions will allow the pair to offer triple-play services in closed compounds, which it defines as ‘a community in which the number of units does not exceed 100,000 units’.

In separate but related news, fixed line incumbent Telecom Egypt (TE) and Vodafone Egypt have signed two ten-year transmission and infrastructure agreements which are reported to be worth a total of EGP10.85 billion (USD617 million). According to the companies the transmission agreement covers Vodafone Egypt’s current and future requirements for domestic transmission services for both fixed and mobile, while the infrastructure agreement ‘represents a new cooperation between the two companies, where TE will avail fibre backhauling capacity to Vodafone Egypt’s network’.