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11 January 2017
| James Pearce
The GSMA has welcomed the introduction of 4G mobile connectivity in Egypt after years of wrangling between the government and operators in the African country.
The launch of 4G in Egypt had been beset with delays as
operators refused to meet a number of the NTRA’s
license terms, which included paying half of the value of the
spectrum in US dollars.
Telecom Egypt was the first to secure a 4G license in July
2016, but the country’s three foreign-owned
operators – Etisalat, Orange and Vodafone –
all claimed there was inadequate spectrum on offer.
In October, the NTRA announced it had reached agreements on
the terms for 4G licenses with all interested operators. Orange
paid $484 million, while Etisalat paid $535.5 million. Vodafone
Egypt, which is part-owned by Telecom Egypt, paid $335
In a recent visit to the country, GSMA director general Mats
Granryd said operators there supported government plans to
release more spectrum later this year.
"The GSMA is very pleased with the successful launch of 4G
services in Egypt and we stand ready to engage with all
stakeholders in Egypt to ensure continued success and growth of
the Egyptian mobile economy. Having lived and worked in Egypt
for several years, I feel confident that the launch of 4G will
prove to be a key milestone for the country," commented