Telecom Egypt announced an agreement with Orange Egypt to offer mobile services through its network. Telecom Egypt, the state's fixed-line monopoly, agreed last year to buy a 4G licence for EGP 7.08 billion to enter the mobile market directly for the first time. The company still holds a minority stake in Vodafone Egypt as well.
The Memorandum of Understanding with Orange provides TE with national roaming on Orange's 2G, 3G and 4G mobile networks. TE said it has also started work on developing a fully converged Business Support System (BSS) and integrating functions such as Customer Relationship
Management (CRM), billing and points of sale for its mobile launch. In addition, it is rolling out its own radio
network in order to decrease its dependence on national roaming.
TE also concluded a Memorandum of Understanding with Orange Egypt for the provision of TE’s infrastructure transmission services for the benefit of Orange’s customers. The contract is worth EGP 2.5
billion over five years, starting from 2018.
Telecom Egypt did not give a date for when it plans to launch mobile services, but said it is working "tirelessly" to make the company ready to launch commercial
operations as "swiftly and smoothly as possible".
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