In the last few years, the telecom industry in Egypt has witnessed a number of significant changes that revolutionized the telecom industry, hence boosted the telecom sector’s revenues and led to the rise in the number of mobile and internet subscribers, whereas the fixed line segment experienced a slower growth path. In fact, regulatory policies are considered the sector’s backbone and it is the core mission and mandate of NTRA that is commissioned to regulate the telecom market in Egypt, hence encourage the national and international investment within free competition rules.
This underscores the State’s endeavor towards the formulation of free-market and business-friendly policies. NTRA sees it as a major role to develop a fair competitive telecom market that can enhance confidence among existing operators in the Egyptian telecom sector. NTRA’s Regulatory Affairs Team has made significant modifications to the regulatory milieu in many aspects mainly in the last two years, which helped improve the telecom market. Chief among these aspects are the following:
Licensing Framework: In October 2017, NTRA published the licensing framework of the telecom services provided in the Egyptian telecom market. It aims to identify the procedures for obtaining a telecom licence in Egypt in order to establish a telecom network and/or provide a telecom service. Different types of telecom licences in Egypt are identified in the framework, this includes a number of main categories specified in the document. In addition, the framework details the terms, conditions and requirements for applying to NTRA to be awarded a telecom licence. Moreover, the regulatory framework sets forth the major technical, financial, commercial and legal rights and obligations of the Licensee.