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Egypt to Award Fourth Mobile Operator License to State-Owned Company

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Telecom Egypt will be allocated a mobile operator license by the middle of next year, while the incumbent mobile networks will be allowed to provide landline services, the regulator has confirmed.

It has long been expected that Telecom Egypt -- which owns a 45% stake in Vodafone's local mobile network subsidiary would get its own mobile license, in exchange for allowing the mobile networks to resell Telecom Egypt's landline services.

The mobile networks will not be permitted to build their own landline network under the draft proposals, so will still be dependent on the landline monopoly operator.

Also, Telecom Egypt wont be granted any radio spectrum, so its license will effectively limit it to being an MVNO, probably over the Vodafone network.

The regulator is moving towards converting all the licenses into unified telecom licenses that allow all the companies to offer all services.

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