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Egypt to get fourth mobile license

April 4, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms

The Egyptian government this week has lodged a proposal to grant fixed-line provider Telecom Egypt a license to become the fourth mobile operator in the country. It is said that the fourth license will be made available to them for $357-million, while other mobile operators will be able to apply for a fixed-line license for $14-million.

The Egyptian government this week has lodged a proposal to grant fixed-line provider Telecom Egypt a license to become the fourth mobile operator (image: ITU)

The Egyptian government this week has lodged a proposal to grant fixed-line provider Telecom Egypt a license to become the fourth mobile operator (image: ITU)

According to Egypt’s State Information Service, Telecommunications Minister Atef Helmy said in a press conference on Wednesday, that the government also approved licenses to construct and rent infrastructure at $42-million.

The granting of land-line licenses to other mobile operators is a rather big step for Egypt, as state-owned Telecom Egypt is currently the only land-line operator in the country. However, Telecom Egypt hopes to enter the mobile arena once the fourth license is granted to them.

A similar situation played out in South Africa a number of years ago, as partly State-owned Telkom (whhich at the time was the only land-line operator) launched a mobile offerring – trading as 8ta, later rebranded as Telkom Mobile.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor 

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