13 Sep Egypt: Minister of Telecommunications confirms commercial launch of 4G this month
In an interview with Reuters on September 11, 2017, Yasser Elkady, the Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology, announced the imminent launch of 4G. If a specific date has not been advanced, the head of the national telecoms sector said however that mobile very high-speed technology will be made available to the consumer during this month of September.
Aware of the imminent upheaval in the telecoms market, mobile operators Vodafone Egypt, Orange Egypt and Etisalat Misr, and even the incumbent Telecom Egypt, have been allowing their subscribers change SIM card to a 4G compatible. Commercial agencies have also been equipped with new mobile terminals and mobile devices compatible with very high mobile broadband to meet customer demand as soon as the marketing agreement is announced by the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ANRT).
The 4G to which the Egyptians will soon taste, is expected in the country since 2012. It is indeed, for five years that the launch of this technology, announced for the first time by the former Minister of Telecommunications, Mohamed Salem, dragged. The reasons for this delay include the political and security crisis in the country since 2011 and its impact on investor confidence. It is finally, in May 2016, two years after a return of the country to calm that the government concerned about the economic crisis, gave its approval to the ANRT to begin the process of 4G licensing.
Source: Agence Ecofin