Egypt’s government announced the approval and details of a controversial unified licence for the telecoms sector, despite the absence of the country’s three mobile operators, Ahram has reported. The unified licence will give mostly state-owned Telecom Egypt (TE) the right to provide its own mobile services in exchange for an EGP2.5bn fee. Tthe unified licence will also allow the country’s three privately-owned mobile operators, the Egyptian Company for Mobile Services (MobiNil), Vodafone Egypt, and Etisalat Misr, to build a virtual network to provide landline services, using TE’s existing fixed network, for a fee of EGP100m for each company. In addition, the licence offers building and renting infrastructure for a fee of EGP300m.
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