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Monday, 23 May 2016

Exiting Vodafone Egypt is now a condition for Telecom Egypt to obtain 4G license

The National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) will push once again for Telecom Egypt (TE) to exit its stake in Vodafone Egypt when seeking a 4G license, a senior official from the NTRA tells Al Borsa. TE is being required by regulations to exit on its second attempt to establish an independent mobile network due to a conflict of interest, the official added. The state-owned fixed-line monopoly currently holds four board seats in Vodafone Egypt. The government had planned to push TE out of Vodafone Egypt back in 2013 when it had planned to issue a unified license to operate a network, but backed out when plans for the license were scrapped. The NTRA will reportedly grant TE a grace period to meet requirements to obtain a 4G license and will grant Vodafone Group shareholders preferential rights to buy back TE’s shares. Al Borsa also suggests that the government will seek to retain a 45% interest in Vodafone Egypt, but not through TE.

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