4G frequencies given to Egypt’s telcos

By:
Natalie Bannerman
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Egypt's telcos are finally given the frequencies in order to offer 4G connectivity.

Egypt’s telecoms operators have received the frequencies needed to offer high speed 4G mobile broadband connectivity. 


The move comes after a long delay in the introduction of high-speed telecoms services.  Four 4G licences were sold in 2016, as part of a long overdue plan to reform the telecoms sector and generate additional funds for stretched government finances.


The country's three mobile operators: Vodafone Egypt, Orange and Etisalat all acquired licences, with Orange Egypt agreeing to the provision that half of the licence fee will be paid in dollars.


Telecom Egypt, the state-owned landline monopoly, said in July 2016 that it would offer 4G services within a year of obtaining frequencies.

Speaking to Reuters, an official at the National Telecom Regulatory Authority said: "The authority has sent a letter assigning the frequencies to telecommunications companies today. The companies will redistribute the frequencies in preparation for offering the service commercially in the market within two months.”