Egypt has one of the largest mobile telecom markets in Africa, with effective competition and a penetration rate above 111%. Although the country was among the first countries in the region to launch 3G mobile services, the development of LTE services has suffered from delays. Nevertheless, Telecom Egypt in August 2016 received the country’s first unified services licence, which allows it to offer LTE services. The remaining three MNOs (Orange Egypt, Vodafone Egypt and Etisalat Misr) rejected the terms associated with the LTE licences offered, but they signed up for licenses after these terms were adjusted. Commercial services are expected to be launched progressively further into 2017. The licences also enable the providers to offer virtual fixed-line services using the infrastructure of Telecom Egypt.
This report outlines the major developments in the Egyptian mobile market, including updated statistics and profiles of the operators. The report also assesses market structure and regulatory measures related to spectrum awards and licensing, as well as emerging technologies and services including mobile TV and m-banking.
Telecom Egypt signs a three-year wholesale agreement with Vodafone Egypt; Egypt opens its first factory for locally-made smartphones; regulator releases LTE spectrum to licensees; Central Bank of Egypt approves new regulations to encourage m-payment services; Orange Egypt contracts NEC Corporation to provide microwave radio system for LTE traffic; Vodafone Egypt sees subscriber recovery into 2017; Ericsson completes Evolved Packet Core (EPC) system for Orange Egypt; MVNO licences issued as part of new unified licensing regime; report updates include the regulator’s market updates to November 2017, telcos’ operating data to Q4 2017, recent market developments.
Orange Egypt (Mobinil, ECMS, Orascom Telecom, Global Telecom Holding), Vodafone Egypt, Etisalat Misr, Telecom Egypt, Thuraya, Iridium, Inmarsat, Alkan Communications, EgyptSat, MobiServe, Ericsson, Nokia Networks, Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei Technologies.
Companies (Major Players)
Mobile & Wireless Broadband and Media
Mobile Communications (voice and infrastructure)
Regulations & Government Policies
Strategies & Analyses (Industry & Markets)
Number of pages 27
Last updated 19 Mar 2018
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