Orange Egypt, Vodafone Egypt and Telecom Egypt have commercially launched 4G services in Egypt. Etisalat Egypt is in the trial phase for 4G LTE technology, according to the official website of the operator.
Orange Egypt paid $484 million for its 4G licence, while Vodafone Egypt paid $335 million for 5MHz of spectrum last year.
Telecom Egypt (TE) was the first operator in the country to acquire the licence for $806 million.
Initially the operators had issues around the spectrum available but later those were sorted with intervention from GSMA. Earlier in the year, GSMA director general Mats Granryd said that overcoming the issues around 4G was important for Egypt and its operators. “The GSMA is very pleased with the successful launch of 4G services in Egypt and we stand ready to engage with all stakeholders in Egypt to ensure continued success and growth of the Egyptian mobile economy. Having lived and worked in Egypt for several years, I feel confident that the launch of 4G will prove to be a key milestone for the country,” he said.