HAVING secured its 4G mobile licence at the end of August, Telecom Egypt (TE) has reportedly revealed that it is considering acquiring additional spectrum, according to Reuters, citing a statement made by the telco to the stock exchange. ‘Telecom Egypt has presented a request to the National Telecom Regulatory Authority [NTRA] to understand the terms and conditions related to any other spectrum on offer so it can be studied and evaluated,’ the company was cited as saying.
TE is the only company to have taken up the offer of a concession allowing it to offer 4G technology, with all three of the country’s existing mobile network operators – Vodafone Egypt, Orange Egypt and Etisalat Misr – opting not to apply for a 4G licence earlier in September. With the fixed line incumbent having agreed to pay EGP7.08 billion ($806 million) for its 4G concession, it is understood that it has paid EGP5.2 billion of that upfront, with the remainder to be paid in installments over a four-year period.
TE is expected to begin trial operations of its own 4G network within six months of receiving its frequencies, while it will reportedly offer 2G and 3G services via other carriers’ networks, and it has been given two months to agree on interconnection rates; should an agreement not be reached the NTRA will step in to determine the charges.