Telecom Egypt strikes deal with Etisalat for national roaming and international voice

Telecom Egypt has announced a five-year partnership with Etisalat Masr which will see it offer 2G and 3G services in the country from September.

The state-owned fixed line monopoly struck an memorandum of understanding for local roaming with Etisalat’s Egyptian arm last week, after the UAE operator’s subsidiary saw off competition from Orange Egypt.

Telecom Egypt already has a 4G licence, which it acquired from the government in August 2016 for around $392 million, it’s first move into the mobile market.

Speaking at a press conference, Telecom Egypt CEO Ahmed El Beheiry said Etisalat had offered better prices for 2G and 3G services than Orange’s operation. The deal will also see Etisalat provide international voice services to TE.

He added: "Our cooperation agreement with Etisalat Masr 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. 

“We have maintained our investments in the development of our infrastructure and the modernization of our networks on a large scale, improving the services we provide to our customers.”

The announcement came just a month after El Beheiry unveiled a similar MOU had been struck with Orange Egypt for national roaming services. That deal fell under the framework of the mobile license agreement signed with the Egyptian regulator in August.

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