Egypt moves toward wireless broadband regulation

The regulator has announced a conference to be held on January 24, in order for NTRA representatives to present the outcome of the current BWA consultation process to enterprises that have expressed interest in securing one of two Egyptian BWA 3.5GHz licences.

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By  Christopher Reynolds Published  January 8, 2007

Egypt’s National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) is pushing forward with its second phase plans to introduce Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) regulation in Egypt. The regulator has announced a conference to be held on January 24, in order for NTRA representatives to present the outcome of the current BWA consultation process to enterprises that have expressed interest in securing one of two Egyptian BWA 3.5GHz licences. The conference will permit the exchange of opinions on the final draft of NTRA’s BWA regulatory framework. Egypt’s NTRA has received 23 responses to the announcement of a 3.5GHz Wireless Broadband licence tender from national and international operators, solution integrators and vendors, component vendors and SMEs; including Egyptian operators Vodafone-Egypt, Telecom Egypt, Orascom, Alkan, EgyNet, Nile Online and TEData as well as major international vendors Alcatel, Huawei, Motorola and Siemens. Due to a raft of government initiatives and policies, including mandated tariff cuts and infrastructure roll-out, Egypt has experienced a 1,011% growth in internet usage over the last five years. The country currently has over 500,000 internet users that represent 7% of the population, as well as one of the highest levels of broadband subscribers in the MENA region.

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