Egypt plans to launch its third mobile telephone network in December 2002, once the five-year exclusivity period for the currently operating companies ends.
According to Al-Sharq Al-Awsat daily, the board of directors of the Egyptian Telecommunication Authority, decided at its May 9 meeting, chaired by the Telecommunication and Information Minister Ahmad Nazif, to permit Egypt Telecom company to provide its own GSM based phone services as of December 1, 2002.
Telecom Egypt has put off talks with foreign companies on setting up the country’s third mobile phone service until the sale of a stake in Telecom Egypt itself, the opposition daily Al-Ahrar reported mid-March.
The two mobile phone companies currently operating in Egypt are the Egyptian Company for Mobile Services, (ECMS) or MobiNil and Misrfone, or Click GSM.
The chief executive of the Egyptian Telecommunication Authority, Fakria Allam, estimated the number of mobile subscribers in Egypt at 2.86 million. Mobile communication services are provided to the public via 2,314 mobile transponder stations spread throughout the country.
Fakeriya added that Egypt’s telephone network is currently operating 7.6 fixed telephone lines, serving the 6.1 million subscribers registered in the country. — (MENA Report)
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