Egypt’s National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has announced the signing of settlement agreements with three of the nation’s mobile network operators (MNOs), which it said: ‘aims is to resolve the disputes that lasted for ten years as a result of the appeal of some mobile operators before the judiciary’. In a press release outlining the development, the NTRA said that the agreements would draw a line under the legal battles related to interconnection rates. The regulator noted that the individual agreements had come about after Associate Minister for Networks and ICT infrastructure, Hossam El-Gamal, conducted ‘intense’ meetings with Orange Egypt, Vodafone Egypt and Etisalar Misr, with a view to reaching a resolution to the ongoing disputes that would satisfy all parties.
Meanwhile, the NTRA’s Acting Executive President, Mustafa Abdel-Wahed, stated that the agreements have been made within the framework of implementing NTRA functions that are provided for within the Telecom Act (Law 10/2003). He added that rules have also now been established for future work regarding interconnection rates, including an agreement between MNOs to present interconnection rates that they have agreed upon to the NTRA, which would then be subject to the regulator’s approval.