Vodafone Egypt CEO:"The country is ready for 4G"

Ahmed Essam said the company is ready to acquire 4G once availed by the government
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Political instability has posed challenges for telecoms operators in Egypt. Ahmed Essam talks with CommsMEA about the telecommunications sector in the country.

“To overcome challenges, we double our efforts to achieve our main objective, which is serving our customers and provide them with the best service and support they need,” he said. However, Essam does not answer to how political unrest is affecting to the business.

He reckons that the main challenges that the company is facing is maintaining our network coverage, high performance and stability despite of the current power/electricity instability.

Vodafone Egypt protects its telecommunication infrastructure by several layers of security including physical security controls and electronic security controls. “This is in addition to administrative security controls too including strict physical and logical access procedures,” he added.

Egypt will launch a licensing system for 4G mobile telecommunication technology next year as a step to increase state revenues and shrink the budget deficit, Minister of Finance Hani Kadry said on May this year.

“4G is a new technology that will definitely provide technical solutions that can help the government in all its sectors and increase the revenues,” said Essam.

He also believes that the Egyptian market is ready for 4G. “Egyptians are always keen to explore and use new technologies,” he added.

According to Essam, fixed line market is “a new area of investment and a new market to conquer.”

“Our priority currently is to invest in our network in terms of voice and data. We have a plan to invest 9 billion Egyptian pounds ($1.2 billion) on our network during the coming three years,” he said to CommsMEA.

He foresees the best growth opportunity in Data. “It is one of our priorities,” he added.

Read CommsMEA Egypt Country Profile on our September issue. 

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