Egyptian operators sign transmission and interconnection deals

Telecom Egypt and Etisalat Misr, the Egyptian subsidiary of the Etisalat Group, have announced the signing of transmission and mobile-to-fixed interconnection deals, described as two first-of-their-kind agreements.

In the first deal, Etisalat Misr has signed a long-term agreement that includes an annual commitment to Telecom Egypt’s infrastructure and transmission services. The agreement, say the partners, will enable Etisalat Misr to continue delivering premium offers and mobile telecommunications services to its customers in the Egyptian market. It extends for three and a half years with a total value of EGP 2bn (around $125 million).

The two companies have also signed a mobile-to-fixed termination agreement. While this is the first commercial arrangement on mobile-to-fixed between Telecom Egypt and Etisalat Misr, it is said to be the second such agreement for Telecom Egypt in the Egyptian market.

Adel Hamed, managing director and chief executive officer of Telecom Egypt, suggested that the agreements would allow the company to further monetize infrastructure investments that serve all local telecommunications companies and added, apparently touching on the pandemic lockdown-led boost in interest usage lately: “Telecom Egypt has heavily invested in its infrastructure to accommodate the significant and ongoing increase in data usage in Egypt.”

Hazem Metwally, chief executive officer of Etisalat Misr, added: “The development of events across the world makes telecommunications companies eager to cope with the required changes and, during the next stage, agreements like the ones we have signed today will be reflected in the products and services that we will offer our customers for the first time in the Egyptian market.”

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