MobiNil awarded 3G concession in Egypt


Egypt’s National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has awarded MobiNil a licence to offer 3G mobile services.

The 15-year license identifies MobiNil as the third provider of 3G services in Egypt after Etisalat Misr and Vodafone Egypt with a total fee of LE 3.34 billion and 2.4% of its total annual 3G revenues. The LE 3.34-billion fee will go the public treasury.

The license allows MobiNil to use UMTS, EDGE, HSUPA and HSDPA technologies and to provide services that include visual communications, video-messaging, high-speed data transfer and internet, MBMS services, Mobile TV, Push-to-View and GPRS, provided that the company has to get permissions for some of the services from the concerned authorities. MobiNil is to acquire a 10 MHz frequency spectrum for broadcasting its 3G services.

Dr. Kamel said that with the new license acquisition fee, the communication sector's total contribution to the Public Treasury has amounted to LE 28,5 billion derived of the fees of the licenses granted to the three mobile operators and the shares of Telecom Egypt.