Egypt set to grant unified licences

24 March 2014 | Sophie Donoghue


Egypt’s telecom regulator announced last Sunday that it is set to grant unified telecoms licences within the next three months.

The licences will allow carriers to operate both fixed-line and mobile networks.

“The unified telecom license will be activated before June 30 2014,” said Atef Helmy, Egypt’s telecommunications minister.

The move will enable fixed-line incumbent Telecom Egypt to offer mobile services, allowing it to compete with Egypt’s three mobile providers: Vodafone Egypt, Mobinil and Etisalat Egypt.

Telecom Egypt said last week that it expects the country’s newly formed government to grant it a licence to provide mobile services within the next two months.

Mobile operations have had a big impact on Telecom Egypt’s fixed-line services, and the company has been seeking a way to expand its exposure to mobile services.

The state-controlled operator has been largely reliant on its data business to boost its revenue, but has been waiting to launch a new mobile operation with Vodafone.