TE, Orange reach domestic roaming agreement
State-owned fixed-line monopoly Telecom Egypt reached an agreement yesterday to offer 2G, 3G, and 4G mobile services on Orange Egypt’s infrastructure, TE announced in a statement. The agreement includes an MoU for TE to use Orange Egypt’s infrastructure for five years, starting from the beginning of 2018, at a cost of EGP 2.5 bn, according to the statement. Under the deal, TE will use Orange Egypt’s network for domestic roaming for three years, Al Borsa reports.
TE expects to roll out its mobile services during the summer season, company president Ahmed El Beheiry said at the signing ceremony. El Beheiry said the financial, technical, and legal details of the agreement with Orange Egypt will be hammered out within two months’ time, Al Mal reports.
The agreement does not bar TE from signing other agreements with Vodafone Egypt or Etisalat Misr, an option TE will likely pursue in the future, El Beheiry said. A CIT Ministry source told the newspaper that Orange Egypt just ironed out the technical and financial details with TE first. The source expects TE to split the coverage nationwide geographically among the three current mobile network operators.
Meanwhile, Orange Egypt CEO Jean-Marc Harion expects the company will receive its 4G license within a month and will roll out the service within three months, Al Borsa reports.