Telecom Egypt in MVNO discussions with mobile operators

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The chief executive of Telecom Egypt (TE) has revealed that the company ‘is in talks with mobile operators’ about potential wholesale deals, which would allow fixed line telco TE to launch as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Mohamed Al-Nawawi told local newspaper Al-Borsa that TE is discussing details of possible wholesale deals while it awaits the allocation of a licence to allow it to launch as a mobile reseller.

The TE executive has also said that his company has increased the frequency of its regular meetings with the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) in order to discuss the possibility of obtaining a new integrated licence for fixed and mobile services.

As reported by CommsUpdate in May this year, alongside plans to allow TE to offer mobile voice services, the Egyptian government is also looking at permitting the country’s cellcos –MobiNil, Vodafone Egypt and Etisalat Misr – to offer fixed line voice services using the incumbent’s infrastructure.