Egyptian Telephone Company concludes CDMA licensing deal

With the anticipated introduction of CDMA technology into Egypt, ETC expects to be a primary supplier of fixed wireless terminals into that market, in addition to the rest of the Middle East and Africa.

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By  Tawanda Chihota Published  July 2, 2005

CDMA pioneer Qualcomm, and telecoms equipment supplier Egyptian Telephone Company (ETC); have signed a worldwide commercial CDMA subscriber unit licence agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Qualcomm has granted ETC a licence to manufacture and distribute cdmaOne and cdma20001x/1xEV-DO subscriber units. The royalties payable by ETC are at Qualcomm’s standard worldwide rates and are the same irrespective of the CDMA standard for which the subscriber units are sold. "Qualcomm is pleased to enter into this agreement with ETC, a company that has the marketing capabilities to expand CDMA into Egypt and other markets of the Middle East and Africa," said Marvin Blecker, president of technology licensing for Qualcomm. "This licence agreement will allow ETC to expand its product offerings and strengthen its position in the growing worldwide CDMA market." "It will be critical for ETC to have the ability to provide CDMA solutions that support the need for advanced voice and data communications in the Middle East and Africa," said Sherif Hamed, COO and deputy CEO of ETC. "Through our licensing agreement with Qualcomm, we can now offer consumers products with high-quality capabilities and features that will enrich their wireless experience." With the anticipated introduction of CDMA technology into Egypt, ETC expects to be a primary supplier of fixed wireless terminals into that market, in addition to the rest of the Middle East and Africa. ETC expects to receive an order of approximately 200,000 CDMA lines in the near future. ETC was acquired by NTC/Hatif Group in 2000 as part of the privatisation programme carried out by the Egyptian government. Over the last four and a half years, ETC has installed over 800,000 subscriber lines in Egypt, Iraq and Algeria. ETC also supplied Telecom Egypt with 4 million telephone terminals.

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