TELECOM EGYPT AND VODAFONE EGYPT SIGN AGREEMENT FOR SHARE ACQUISITION

Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telecom Egypt and Vodafone Egypt have signed an initial agreement by which Telecom Egypt will acquire a 16.9% stake of Vodafone Egypt’s outstanding shares, at an as of yet undisclosed price.

Within the context of the agreement, Telecom Egypt forfeits its right to establish a third mobile network for a period of four years, in return for a LE2 billion fee, to be paid jointly by the existing mobile operators, namely Egyptian Company for Mobile Services ­ ECMS and Vodafone Egypt over the associated four year time frame.

The contract further allows both operators to expand respective fre- quencies to 1,800 bandwidth, versus the current 900 bandwidth frequency, in turn improving the quality of services on offer. It should be noted, the new agreement does not provide for any definitive exclusivity period for the current duoploy.

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